What’s Outside Your Door?
May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.
Perhaps you’ve heard of forest bathing, the Japanese practice of sitting or walking in woods to reduce stress and connect with nature. Native Americans also see the world around them as an integral part of their life. But this isn’t something only certain people can do; this is a blessing available to all of us, even in this current time of self-isolation.
Getting out in nature and engaging our senses lets us feel refreshed, sleep well, have less stress, be physically stronger, and feel connected to the greater world. We see ourselves as part of a greater whole and that the whole is better when we all work together. Being in nature inspires a sense of awe and responsibility toward each other and the world.
The world needs our unique gifts, and we’re better able to offer our gifts when we step outside our door. Taking a walk, looking for signs of spring in my garden or standing outside to smell the damp earth are a few of the rejuvenation breaks I take during the day. Even a minute or two outdoors makes a big difference in my ability to focus and stay motivated. What will you do to connect with nature today? How does it make you feel?