Dear Kindred Spirits,
When we take ourselves out of the hectic rhythm of modern day living and enter the timeless realm of the natural world, we can restore our body, mind and spirit in a powerfully transformative way. The very rhythm of nature encourages us to breathe more slowly and feel more relaxed; we begin to breathe in fresh air, positive ions and natural aromas that can heal us. We begin to listen to sounds that enable us to engage in the wonder that is ever present to us, and find beauty that nurtures our souls. Slowing down in nature provides us with an opportunity to become grounded, any anxieties seem to gently lose their fearful nature as we begin to feel a Divine Presence holding us. In this state it is possible to discover a depth of stillness within, where we can be receptive to inner guidance. Or, find answers to our concerns in the very landscape of the natural world itself.
This experience was very true for me on my recent visit to Ireland. As I traveled through County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, I found myself in a place called The Burren, which is formed of ancient limestone. It is a mysterious, windswept, stony place, where a vast array of native wildflowers grow between the rocks in the summertime, and you can feel the majestic presence of the Atlantic ocean nearby. I will always treasure walking in The Burren, as the experience provided me with answers to personal challenges that I needed at the time; something compelled me to keep walking the difficult, stony path and go further into the landscape. I felt as though I was participating in a pilgrimage and the landscape was calling me with each step I took. Suddenly, the stony path transformed into a soft carpet of grass and I found myself entering a grove of Hazelwood trees. I caught my breath as my eyes feasted upon the lush beauty that surrounded me; as the summer breeze gently caressed the trees, I could hear the soothing sounds of trickling water and felt a deep peace and communion with nature that I had never known before. The experience was heightened by the discovery of an ancient sacred well. I drank the sweet spring water and felt my spirit soar. I felt that I had travelled a path that echoed the footsteps of many who had travelled before me seeking solace in nature. It was with great reluctance that I left this sanctuary of the soul, feeling a lightness of being and the presence of peace like a cloak around me.
Right here and right now I an extending an invitation to you! I’m inviting you to stop rushing around and take a deep breath. I’m inviting you to slow down and breathe… to breathe out any stress and notice your body immediately relaxing…I’m inviting you to keep breathing deeply and slowly, noticing how you are beginning to feel more calm…Now in this present moment, think of a nearby place in nature that you can visit. This place could be as close as your back yard or a short distance away. This invitation is extended to you as an answer to your longing for peace, for there is so much joy to be found in every-day living when we take even a short moment of time to breathe and connect with nature.
Many Blessings, Norma