Lessons from Nature-Receiving
Learning from Nature has brought with it many lessons but the one that I always love to share is how to live the experience of being with Nature.
This past summer I had the pleasure of guiding some people through Nature walks to help them discover their connection to themselves through Nature. One of the first things I heard was how excited people were to go take this walk. I knew right then that before any connection was possible there needed to be a shift in their way of thinking.
Nature gives freely of itself. To truly allow for this generosity we need to understand that the full cycle of giving and receiving must take place in order for this balance to be maintained. For a full cycle of giving and receiving to take place, the giver (Mother Nature) needs to be received. Notice that I write receive, not take. Taking something implies that we choose for ourselves what it is we need, what it is we want and what we possess or control, Nature can teach us so much more about ourselves if we open up to receive what is ours to receive.
How many of us go into Nature to take a walk, to get some air, to do some exercise and so on and so forth? Where is the space for Mother Nature’s generosity to be received? How can she give us what she is meant to give if we decide ahead of time what we want from her?
In Nature we find stillness, calm, quiet, growth, joy, fresh air, beauty, energy, expansion, transformation, and so much more. Trusting that she will give us what we need to receive is like allowing a Mother to take care of her own child. Mother Nature will fill us up with exactly what we need to receive if we open up that space for her to do so.
Walking into Nature, allow yourself to truly be present to you, don’t define your presence. Be in the moment, in total trust and relinquish the control. Be present to the experience that you are living of yourself in Nature. Do not define the form of your experience before it has even taken place.
That means that if you see your thoughts take you back to the office or to your responsibilities, allow yourself to recognize this and let those thoughts go. Allow yourself to truly be present so that you can receive the full experience of being in Nature. Do not search for results, do not look for benefits, do not choose ahead of time how you will feel after your time in Nature. Let your time with Nature allow you to receive what is yours to receive. Mother Nature will feed you and what you receive could be unexpected since you had not defined it ahead of time.
I’ve enclosed a short video to share with you a bit of Nature. I’m adding more and more of these Nature videos on my YouTube channel so that you can enjoy short experiences of Nature. I’m hoping to bring a bit of Nature to you.