Re-establishing our connection to nature is the most fundamental and important element when it comes to being fully healthy, happy, and fulfilled. There are many gifts that our modern way of living brings. However, we must remain balanced and deeply rooted in our true nature, and the natural world, otherwise we become domesticated, conditioned, and out of sync with our natural wisdom, peace, and harmony.
Our nervous systems are already wired with the circuitry for nature connection. When we spend time in nature we are not only aligning with the natural, healthy rhythms of the body and mind, we are also synchronizing with the powerful rhythms of the earth. This is our natural state. Through these innate rhythms, enriching qualities emerge, such as true presence, playfulness, vitality and aliveness, a quiet mind, creativity, compassion, empathy, and unconditional love.
There are some simple and effective nature connection practices that can be easily incorporated into your life. Through these practices, you can deepen your sensory and intuitive awareness and connection creating true peace and a thriving nature.
Nicole cares deeply and is dedicated to the harmony and well-being of all life on the planet. She is happy to share these practices with you by donation as her schedule allows. She can also recommend other resources that can teach and give even greater guidance to a deep nature connection.
For more benefits of being in nature, check out this great article on hiking: How Hiking Changes Our Brains
Excerpted from: STILLNESS SPEAKS
By Eckhart Tolle
We depend on nature not only for our physical survival. We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds. We got lost in doing, thinking, remembering, anticipating - lost in a maze of complexity and a world of problems.
We have forgotten what rocks, plants, and animals still know. We have forgotten how to be - to be still, to be ourselves, to be where life is: Here and Now.
Whenever you bring your attention to anything natural, anything that has come into existence without human intervention, you step out of the prison of conceptualized thinking and, to some extent, participate in the state of connectedness with Being in which everything natural still exists.
To bring your attention to a stone, a tree, or an animal does not mean to think about it, but simply to perceive it, to hold it in your awareness. Something of its essence then transmits itself to you. You can sense how still it is, and in doing so the same stillness arises within you. You sense how deeply it rests in Being - completely at one with what it is and where it is. In realizing this, you too come to a place of deep rest within yourself.
When walking or resting in nature, honor that realm by being there fully. Be still. Look. Listen. See how every animal and every plant is completely itself. Unlike humans, they have not split themselves in two. They do not live through mental images of themselves, so they do not need to be concerned with trying to protect and enhance those images. The deer is itself. The daffodil is itself.
All things in nature are not only one with themselves but also one with the totality. They haven't removed themselves from the fabric of the whole by claiming a separate existence: "me" and the rest of the universe.
The contemplation of nature can free you of that "me," the great troublemaker.