Thursday, March 15, 2018

Welcoming Spring with a Nature Walk



Spring is just around the corner. We are still likely to see some cooler temperatures again before the equinox, but the flowers are starting to bloom and the Earth is once again coming to life.

This natural development is calling me to go outside. I decided to take a nature walk. And the results were amazing for my mood and over all state of mind.

I make no secret of not being good with cold weather. I tend to shut down over time. By the time the spring equinox gets here, I often feel a shell of myself, running on backup batteries. When the frost thaws as spring nears, it is like I thaw out as well.

The Great Spring thaw has finally begun and I am outside to enjoy it. A nature walk is just one way to enjoy the outdoors in spring. I enjoy watching the flowers bloom and the warmth of sunshine on my skin.



Getting fresh air and being surrounded by nature has many benefits. For me, it helps me find my balance between physical, emotional and intellectual ethos. Communing with nature adds harmony and peacefulness to my day as well.

There is beauty in the flowers and how they return each spring after being lifeless through the winter. It brings an understanding to the cycle of nature and how there are times to bloom and times to rest.

It reminds me of one of my favorite poems in Ecclesiastes, "A Time for Everything:"

Photo by Dulcineia Dias on Unsplash, Edits by Amanda McCusker

Throughout life we go through constant undulations. These are the ups and downs that naturally make up our existence. There is no reason to fight these tendencies, they are as much a part of us as the moon rises and falls from the sky. Nonetheless, it does help to understand them to flourish no matter the season.

When it is time to rest, do so with intention. When it is time to be active, give it all you have. There is a time for everything and when you begin to follow your natural flow, you will be amazed at how much more rested and productive you are.

Life isn't about being busy, though it seems that is the expectation these days. The imperative task is to increase the quality of the time you have and let everything holding you back fall away. There is a time to keep and a time to let go.



These are the thoughts I had during my nature walk. It really was a great experience that offered clarification and a perfect time to set intentions.

I am very thankful for the seasons and the intuitive study that contemplating nature brings to me. On this day, it offered me renewal and a sense of purpose.

It is okay that winter wears me down because spring will rejuvenate me just the same. I have been in a long state of rest - a hibernation of sorts - and now, it is time to awaken with the Earth and remember how to shine.


I find I am ridiculously effected by the weather. My moods often mirror the amount of sun I see out the window. Do you feel this at all? Are you ever effected by the weather, even subtly?

Nature walks offer great opportunities to find balance, harmony and peace. Not to mention the exercise will provide energy and possibly even a metabolism boost.

It doesn't matter so much where you go, even if it is just a circle around your own yard. You could go to a park, garden, forest or waterfront simply to enjoy being outside. I challenge you to be in the moment and really listen to the inspiration nature has to offer.

Do you enjoy being out in nature? Are you looking forward to spring? I'd love to hear what is going on with you as we approach the Spring Equinox next week!


Photos by Amanda McCusker

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8 comments:

  1. This is a great idea - walking in nature anytime is wonderful and so healthy for you, but in springtime, there's the need to see the reaffirmation of life in spring growth.

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  2. I absolutely agree. I imagine it is coming to life again, just like nature does after winter. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Have a great week!

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  3. It's funny if I stop and think about it because usually not getting outside and communing with nature puts me in a funk and I agree you have to embrace all the seasons.

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    1. I feel like I've been a funk lately, it took me a while to figure out that I just needed to get outside. Thankfully the weather finally decided to cooperate, lol. Have a great week!

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  4. You sound just like me. After 22 years living in central Florida (no seasons), we moved to the N. Georgia mountains a couple of years ago. I still feel the same about winters here (after living in cold climates most of my life) and I also tend to shut down. I begin to come alive again when spring begins to burst forth. It's just that this spring -- for the first time here -- I'm having what I believe are seasonal allergies. I certainly hope not. I haven't suffered from allergies since we left AZ back in the 90s. Sigh.... But the thing about life is that we can adapt. I adore the beauty here and I'm even beginning to embrace ALL the seasons! Time to get outside again!

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    1. I hope you are able to get the allergies under control! It is a struggle every spring for our family. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Have a wonderful week :)

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  5. We went on a 3 hour walk today; sadly we don't have any beautiful flowers like this poking out of the ground yet (in fact we're due for another foot or snow in the next day or two). Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Learn.

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    1. That sounds like an awesome adventure! Keep warm!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Have a great week :)

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