Pause for a moment and ask for wisdom and insight from God as you observe the things from nature that capture your attention. You may have a particular question in mind you desire to understand or explore with this process, so ask specifically for insight with this particular question. You can also come with a childlike curiosity and playfulness to see what new insights you might discover in this process. If you are unable to take a walk outdoors, you can also use this method to observe an object from nature such as a plant, a rock or a sea shell.
Nature is a very rich source of Divine inspiration. This exercise is an opportunity to "read" God's creation by taking a leisurely walk outdoors. Lectio divina (Divine reading) of scripture is one way to communicate with God through prayer and meditation in order to gain new insights. You can adapt this method of sacred reading with any object found in nature.
If you haven't read Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, I highly recommend it. There is growing evidence to prove what we already knew intuitively, that nature improves our overall health and well-being.
Spend time in nature for 20 minutes each day boost vitality of body, mind and spirit. Relax under a shade tree, feed the local birds, canoe on a lake, photograph the landscape, take your pet for a walk or enjoy gardening. Exercise in nature for an added boost to your energy level with activities such as cross country skiing in the winter and swimming in the summer.
If you don't have a place to enjoy nature close by your home, bring nature indoors to elevate your mood and feel a connection to the outdoors. Enjoy the sound of a water fountain or wind chimes. Buy a bouquet of fresh flowers. Purchase music with nature sounds in the background. Open your window for fresh air.
What are your favorite ways to spend time in nature?
Do you have trouble exercising? Does the word “exercise” fill you with dread or boredom? Do you want to be more active but can’t figure out how to do that? I have a few secrets that help me view exercise as fun.
I confess that I hate to exercise. I have unhappy memories of gym class in elementary school. I remember running laps, counting the unending repetitions of sit-ups and failing to keep up with the other classmates. When I worked with a personal trainer, I remember her laughing as I struggled through another grueling set of weights or squats. I could never keep up with others in exercise classes at the local gym. There was a feeling of failure, shame and humiliation for me in each of these settings, which reinforced my desire to avoid exercise whenever possible.
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