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Allow Yourself To Be Nurtured
As I sit on the beach in the early evening, the wind comes up from
the surf. It is strong steady and billowing. It almost shakes me
from my grounded seat on Mother Beach. It starts to rattle my core.
Interestingly enough, it feels okay. In fact, it feels invigorating,
cleansing, and renewing.
How many times do we sit with
nature and allow the elements to work with us, heal us, and give us
gifts? This experience happened to be just what I needed at that
particular time. I was not even aware that it was needed, until I
Normally if you’re alone on the beach, you
might find yourself on the cell phone or too preoccupied with your
thoughts to be in that individual moment within nature. The
operative word here is allow. That means to still your thoughts,
relax, and just let whatever happens to occur.
Have you ever
let the sun warm you all the way down to your core? Have you
experienced a moment when that warmth was able to lift you from the
blues or exhaustion? Now that is restorative energy!
about the experience of a cool breeze, gently flowing over you
bringing a sense of calm and gentle love. Didn’t all your stress or
worries seem to drift away with it?
We live on a planet where
God has given us wondrous friends in nature, in animals, in the
universal elements (air, fire, water, earth) and in the heavenly
bodies of the moon, sun and stars. Yet, most of us ignore their very
presence, let alone benefit from the gifts they bring.
like to tune into the unique energy of the nature that surrounds me,
whatever that maybe in that moment. Breathing slowly, I connect with
my heart and then to the magnolia tree, the lily pad, or the
mockingbird. I know that there is not an accident in these animals
or plants being with me, at this precise moment. I know that they
are able to assist and support me, since pearls of wisdom from
nature are always on target and beneficial.
Recently, I was
at a colleague’s home overlooking the Intercoastal. Suddenly a
white egret showed up on the dock. I asked if egrets were common
there. He said no, and that he had never seen one before. The egret
stayed perched on the dock until I left. I knew that the egret
showed up just for me. I tapped into its energy discovering a
message that was exactly what I needed in that moment.
am writing, I am sitting on my patio and the crickets are lulling me
into another space within myself. Try clearing your mind and
listening to their constant drone. Let this vibration take you some
place else, as the night air moves with a gentle breeze. When you
return, you might be surprised to learn that 30-40 minutes have
passed! What a great stress reducer. What an awesome way to gently
slide into a meditation.
I find that these moments with
nature are both intimate and nurturing. When you were little, who
else but Mom lulled you to sleep? Didn’t she relax you when you
were upset? And wasn’t she always there when you needed love and
Mother Nature…Mother Earth…. There is no accident
in those names. Mothers nurture. Mothers ground and stabilize.
Mothers renew. Mothers soothe with loving caresses.
nurtured. Be attended to. Be embraced. I invite you to spend time
this week with Mother Nature and allowing the intimate nurturing
that is meant just for you, to unfold.
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