Unfolding the stories when in nature.
I love nature! It's easy for me to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life these days. Being in nature allows me to ground instead of feeling like I'm spinning around with the slightest breeze.
I have to admit, I haven't been out and about as much as I would have loved to this summer. However, I have taken advantage of my time off yesterday and today.
Yesterday I needed some time alone. I love to walk through the trails and look at the trees and flowers and leaves. They are all in different stages of life and they are all okay about that. That has taught me that I can be okay with that as well.
Today I spent time with a dear friend. We hiked on a familiar trail. It allowed us time to catch up with each other as well as take in our beautiful surroundings.
For some reason, I have always thoughts of things as right or wrong, black or white. It's taken several years to realize it's more than okay to have different thoughts or different emotions about things or circumstances. It's also okay for them to exist at the same time. It's actually quite common for more than one thing to exist at one time. I have found in those times where I am trying to stick whatever is happening in a cute little box to explain it, is when I struggle the most.
This journey has definitely had it's ups and downs. My thoughts become scattered as all of ours do. That is why I love to think of life as a practice. We have the opportunity to keep incorporating aspects we enjoy, the aspects which allow us to feel like ourselves each day. If we mess up or things don't go how we think they should have, well, the great thing is we often have another opportunity to practice.
Nature has actually taught me how to be okay with what is. To be okay with new life and of course, death. I can see the beauty in the life cycle of nature. Over time, this has allowed me to be more okay with the life cycle of humans.
Have you ever had one of those days where you may feel like this flower? At one point you were bright and lovely. Over time, petals start for all off and you start to feel a bit worn and jagged?
I'm sure this flower realizes it's life cycle is about over. However, it's still choosing to keep in the game until the end.
Once it is the end, it actually goes back into the earth to provide new life at another time. How beautiful is that?
Have you ever noticed how nature just keeps on going. Despite humans, animals and the elements making it difficult to grow underground, where roots typically thrive, they just keep doing their thing.
They keep doing the best job they can for the tree that depends on them despite the environment they are in.
What about those times in life when all we can do is stare at the obstacles right in front of us. It's completely in our ability to take two steps to to either side and view the beauty that is waiting for us. To remind us to push towards our goals and follow our dreams.
Nature has allowed me to be okay with death. I love to see old trees which are no longer living. I look at them and just wonder with amazement. I see the beauty in them even as they are no longer alive. They are still giving something to the world for them having a presence in the past.
Do you go out in nature and hear or see things that allow you to understand things in your present or past? I'd love to hear about your experience.