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:"
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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!
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Have an inspired day!