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?
I’ve always enjoyed photography. I go through cycles of viewing life through the camera lens until my attention is shifted to other things, which causes me to push aside this practice. Eventually I am captivated by a view or a flower or an interesting photo on social media. Then I find myself reaching for my camera and resuming this spiritual practice.
I recently enjoyed an eCourse by Susannah Conway called Photo Meditations 2015. I’m paying attention to lines and shapes and forms in a new way. Normal objects are transformed around me as I watch for these forms to appear in my camera lens. I completed Susannah’s April Love 2015 photo prompts earlier in the year and enjoyed the challenge of looking for those interesting views each day. It was fun to see how others interpret the prompts and inspire me with their discoveries. I like having a daily photo challenge to watch for as I go through the day.
I finally realize the answer. While I've been taking time for various types of self care, I have not been taking time for my morning meditation. I'm an introvert. When I don't get that block of quiet time first thing in the morning, it feels like I spend the rest of the day rushing from one task to another. I need quiet time to create a center of balance for my day.
I often have a word to focus on for the year. I'm not sure when I first started choosing a word. Sometimes the word chooses me, like last year. I gradually lived into the word "Balance" in 2014, as I worked on creating the Balance Resource Cards. The word balance appeared everywhere, even in my dreams. It became my focus in all aspects of my life. The image of the letters balancing on the capital A appeared in my dreams. My supporting words were Mind, Body and Spirit. I was thrilled when my niece made a logo for me. I felt balanced in 2014.
Synchronicity happens when you find a theme word. You become aware of different meanings of that word and how they each apply to your life. Songs with the word capture your attention in new ways. You see the word in writing appear all over the place. It comes to mind throughout the day. Each time you see your word, it reminds you of the reason you need it in your life. You begin to live into your word. It is your goal, your theme and your mantra. That is why words have power.
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