By reconnecting with the divine nature, I began to explore it with all my senses, resurfacing my creative and spiritual self.
By reconnecting with the divine nature, I began to explore it with all my senses, my creative and spiritual being resurfaced.
Growing up, I wasn’t the kid who spent hours in the yard or in the sandbox. I never played in the rain, never jumped in puddles, never got muddy or knew what the earth tasted like. I was the type of girl who spent most of her time indoors, and sadly, that attitude stuck with me for years.
I’m happy to say that changed and changed forever, especially when we moved to California. In fact, the only thing I’ve made sure to do on my birthday for the last 10 years is go to the beach, find a quiet place to sit, bury my feet in the sand, embrace all the magnificence, and end my day with a small gratitude ceremony in honor of God’s creation.
Mother Nature lives everywhere in California, and it is impossible not to feel and appreciate God’s creation in all its glory.
Sequoia National Forest, Big Sur, Joshua Tree Park, and Big Bear Lake are just a few examples from the long list of places where you and nature become one.
The Golden State is where my relationship with Mother Nature really blossomed.
Los Angeles is ideal for great outdoor experiences. The Santa Monica Mountains and San Gabriel Mountains that surround the northern and eastern city limits and the ocean to the west help produce perfect weather year-round.
This city is home to the famous Griffith Observatory and more than 100 hiking trails.
I’m sure you’ve heard people say that in the winter, if you’re in Los Angeles, you can ski down the snowy mountains in the morning and watch the sunset on the beach while swimming in the ocean. Well, it’s true.
Choose one of the 15 beaches in the Los Angeles area and maybe, if you feel like it, you can also go whale watching.
Nature is the reason I fell in love with the city and state and the reason I became a Forest Therapy Practitioner.
I see, feel, and connect with nature on a whole new level.
Although California has beautiful nature, you don’t have to live there to experience nature. I am sure that you can find it right outside your door.
Just walk outside & look up!
I would like to ask you some questions:
- How much time do you spend in nature?
- How often do you stop to smell the roses?
- Have you recently hugged a tree and felt its energy?
- Do you still collect stones like you did when you were a child?
- Do you remember the last time you took a break to look at the clouds?
By the way, Texas and especially the southeast area is great for cloud watching. I have captured the most incredible images here. I love clouds!
Now, that I live in Houston, I can say that the most incredible thunderstorms I have ever experienced pass through here and I can also say that this is my favorite place to sit and meditate in the rain.
There is so much that mother nature has to offer.
I invite you to disconnect from your daily routine and take a walk, a little walk. Go to the park or any natural setting and to enhance your experience, kick off your shoes and feel the ground beneath you, sit quietly for a few minutes, take a deep breath, engage your senses, take in everything around you and immerse yourself in a world of wonders.
You will feel recharged and motivated to continue with your day.
Practicing natural therapy on a regular basis improves your mood, reduces feelings of anger, makes you feel better emotionally, helps you disconnect and feel more relaxed, contributes to your physical well-being by reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and production of stress hormones.
Spending time in nature improves your confidence and self-esteem, it helps you to be more active and boosts creativity.