Inquiry, Meditation & Nature
Attention, discipline, skill and practice are life skills. We use these skills to navigate goals and commitments.
What about navigating our inner world?
What about increasing alignment, congruence and inner ease?
What about mastering thought?
What about knowing our deep connection with the natural world?
These are life skills that are not taught . I share a collection of techniques and skills that ‘course correct’ the inner path.
There are many traditions and forms of meditation
Many people find a mantra helps them get before thought.
Other people find working with their breath is more direct.
There is usually some uneven ground along the way: sleepiness, lack of focus,
anxiety, frustration, boredom.
Stay the course. Get on that bicycle! Recruit self-discipline, hire a trainer, join a meditation group.
There are varied experiences and sights along the way. We benefit from having a coach and mentor, someone who can bear witness, encourage and help.
Commit!!! This is a life skill. Once achieved, the basic alert, positive, pre-thought awareness can be incorporated into parts of daily life, giving us access to greater brain functioning. We get smarter.
Working with the Natural World
Connecting and healing through nature is natural.
We are built to be self-correcting and self-healing.
We are part of the natural world, born of earth, connected and dependent.
We can go to a wild area, stand barefoot in a circle of trees, lay on rock or earth, and intuitively connect with healing energy. We can walk in undomesticated nature, play in the ocean, relax in our hearts and feel enlivened. We can stand facing a sunrise, feeling warmth, connection and empowerment. By our actions we create sacred garden space, we deepen harmonious relations.
We can live a simple and orderly life, connecting daily with nature. So many of the requirements for a joyful meaningful life are very easy! The way our culture has evolved ‘complex’ is often valued and promoted. As individuals, to reclaim our power, we first change daily habits. Over time small changes can have a tremendous impact.
Paying attention to our energy and the energy of those we love, enables us to respond with love and connection. This is part of how we weave meaning into every moment. Few words are needed to have great connection. Our resonance is strong, if we pay attention.
Learning to be in our bodies can take practice
For some, there have been early life events that cause a reluctance to feel the body. Having an ongoing connection with our physical body gives us access to vast knowing, wisdom and guidance. Pairing this wisdom with our mind’s wisdom and guidance, opens the path for profoundly satisfying choices.
Grounding is Healing
I love simple grounding in nature, spending a couple of hours a day outside, being in raw nature wherever I happen to be. Massaging our feet and hands opens the receptivity to earth, making a firm connection. Resting on the earth, against a tree, or on a rock is an easy tonic.