I came across the following quote in a blog post by my friend Amy Putkonen recently and it really spoke to me. “Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.” ~John Muir
I know of no better way to be present in the moment than to immerse myself in nature. There is a sense of peace and serenity that comes over me when I am enjoying nature. I love to engage as many of my senses as possible when I am on my daily walk. Time seems to stand still when I am outside and it’s easy for me to be present, right here, right now, noticing the birds singing, the tulips poking through the earth, the wind singing in my ear. Nature has a plethora of gifts to share with us if we can only slow down long enough to pay attention.
What about you? How often do you get out in nature? What are the benefits of spending time in nature? How can immersing yourself in nature help you to connect to your creativity? Nature is full of metaphors. Which one will you choose to help you with a challenge you are facing?