Six Wise Lessons from our Natural World


 

PUBLISHED ON ELEPHANT JOURNAL

If you’re anything like me, an earth child, being out in nature can bring you so much joy.

When I was younger, I would head out into our backyard and talk to the birds. I thought they could understand me. I would spend hours out there chatting away to my visitors. That feeling still hasn’t changed, well talking to the birds has (thankfully) but nature continues to captivate me.

As we get older we lose that curiosity we had as a child. Stepping out into nature brings back that awe and wonder. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but there are also many valuable life lessons it can teach us.

CONNECTION:

Have you ever hugged a tree, if not I recommend for you to do it. No one even has to know. I hugged a tree for the first time last year. I went out hiking on my own and there was no one around. There was this huge tree standing close by and I just had this urge to put my arms around it. I did, it made me smile. I felt the life of the tree. I felt connected.

It is so important to have connection in our life, not only to people, but to our world. We were not put on this earth to walk or feel alone. Anytime you feel disconnected or alone take a walk through the park, dive into the ocean or smell a flower. I guarantee you, it will help you feel connected again.

RESILIENCE:

The palm trees in my courtyard fascinate me. We have had some pretty nasty storms as of late and I watch them getting hurtled about in the wind, but they dig their roots in deep and stand tall amongst the gusty breeze. Once the storm is over, the tree’s are still there standing firmly in their place.

We all have that strength inside us. Sometimes we feel like we may be carried away by the storm, but when we dig our heels into the ground, we can overcome anything. The strongest tree’s can handle the roughest storms and so can we. The sun will always come out. It’s how resilient we are while we are in the storm is what matters.

TO BE PRESENT:

Eckhart Tolle, a famous Spiritual Author wrote a book called the ‘Power of Now’ (worth a read!) where he talked about how much power there is in being in the now, the present moment, and if we could all just stop and be present once in a while our minds would feel less scrambled.

We all lead busy lives and have many thoughts going through our head every day, stepping out into nature, helps us become more present, and it is in the present moment that all of our worries disappear and we are at peace with ourselves and with the world.

GROWTH & TRANSFORMATION:

Have you ever wondered why snakes shed their skin?

Growth

They remove their skin when parasites become attached to it. To grow, they have to remove anything that no longer serves them. This is a powerful lesson. As human beings we tend to hold onto things and people way past their expiration date, only to discover that we are not only stopping our own growth, we are keeping an old layer of skin which no longer really fits us.

Butterflies are these beautiful winged creatures that spend months in darkness in a tiny cocoon. The caterpillar inside needs time to grow and shed it’s skin before it can emerge as a butterfly and just like us before we can blossom into who we really are, we also need to go through a series of transformations.

PATIENCE:

Ahhh patience, now this was a big one for me. Being quite an impatient person I expect to see results pretty quickly. However you can’t plant a seed and go back tomorrow and expect to see a tree. Everything takes time to form and grow. The more patient we are the more time we can let things come into full fruition.

Nature teaches us that by being patient we allow things to form as they are meant to be without any control or attachment. The more we cling onto something the more we push it away. By having patience we allow our lives to evolve naturally.

APPRECIATION & GRATITUDE:

Nature reminds us how good it feels to be alive, and that the simplest things can make us happy. It provides the oxygen and the air that we breathe in, it gives us water to quench our thirst and mountains to satisfy our inner adventurous spirit.

After a flood we are grateful for the sunshine, after a drought we are grateful for the rain, when planting a seed we are grateful for the first bud. It all comes down to gratitude, and the more we are grateful for, the more life gives us to be grateful for.

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better” Albert Einstein

So next time you head out into nature, take a look around and see the world with childlike eyes. Notice the many lessons, connect with the earth, smell a flower … and who knows maybe one day you may even hug a tree.

Nay xx

 

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