“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.”
—John Muir, Our National Parks
When life gets really rough, I go outside.
When life is so awesome that I feel I might burst, I go outside.
I know that some people really don't like the outdoors - bugs and sand and such. But I am not one of those people. (Though I don't really like bugs)
This transition to spring has brought with it some of the most challenging parenting moments to date, loss and grief, and thanks to my walks outside, mental and emotional clarity, and such expansion of my heart that I have been able to weather it all without completely losing my sh*t.
I still lose my sh*t from time to time. Less now than before, but I still do.
And while my cares don't really "drop off like autumn leaves" I do find that when I take myself out into nature and give myself permission to take the time to feel all the emotions that life and loss may bring, I am renewed mentally and energetically.
The capacity of my heart expands.
In my solitude, a sense of connection to and appreciation of others deepens. Go figure.
I know how hard it is to make time. Enough time to feel. Enough time to just walk or to drive yourself somewhere to feel the sun, the wind, to be in nature instead of in your home, office or car. It's really hard. Do it anyway.