Nature’s Wisdom: Adversity
Have you ever had a moment in your life when you feel like your life is in a storm and you have lost all sense of direction?
It seems to be the topic around me lately. More and more people are coming up with these challenges in their lives.
What can Nature’s Wisdom teach us about ourselves and adversity?
To help me understand Nature’s Wisdom, I pictured a tree that has survived a storm and wrote these lines:
I do not need to respond to my present situation with fear, worry, panic, anger, blame. I am where I am meant to be and where that is, is perfect and I have the right to be here.
These lines became my guiding light for this piece.
Adversity is something that mother Nature has had a lot of experience with. I have broken down the process of Nature into 4 steps that are interconnected, as I understand them.
Nature has met her share of adversity and she keeps facing it, daily. Her reaction to the continual presence of it is impressive. No matter what, Nature doesn’t hold onto the situation or the past. She releases what has happened in order to grow from what remains and what has lived and survived to the situation.
Sometimes she is left with pieces and she looks barren but always, she rises from what is left behind. No hope, just an inner connection to herself.
When faced with tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires or all the environmental issues that Mother Nature has on her path, surrender is very present. Nature’s form of surrender is total abandon to the situation, not hanging onto the specific outcomes or parts of herself.
This surrender is complete and whole. While going through the storm or situation, Nature surrenders everything that she is to the situation and allows it to pass through her, over her and around her.
Once the situation has passed, nature becomes a place of peace and quiet, of compliance to the reality of what has happened and taken place. Nature must face the next moment, the next step and the next day. Nothing is rushed or forced. Nature submits to the reality of what remains.
Nature’s courage to survive is very present. The courage that she demonstrates by returning in areas that were devastated or destroyed. Mother Nature’s courage is in surviving those periods that show up and allow the healing to take place from there.
After facing the adversity, the forest fire, the flood, etc, Nature is forced to change, twist, adapt and create herself differently than what was happening previous to the ‘incident’.
How has adversity shown up in your life? What could you learn from Nature that would support and empower you to recognize all that you are? Are you allowing yourself to face adversity?
We often view it as negative because it does bring us out of our comfort zone and pushes us in directions we never would have chosen for ourselves.
Allow yourself to learn from Nature’s Wisdom so that you can become a full expression of who you are and why you are here.
Meditate on these words:
I am where I am meant to be and where that is, is perfect and I have the right to be here. Exactly like Nature.
I would love to hear your comments and thoughts below.