a taste of real

As I take a moment to breathe from a frantic and action-packed week, I’m reminded to carve out time to decompress.  We live in a world filled with distractions: mass electronics, materialism, self-promotion.  I find that I’m usually the most stressed when I get sucked into any of these three categories.  On the contrary, I’m happiest when I engage in the simple luxuries nature has to offer.  Yes, nature provides us with luxuries:  a sunset walk, a ride on my horse, evening stroll with our family, bike ride on a quiet path, even caring for our crazy chickens.  

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Visiting a handsome friend at the barn.  I have such a crush on him ; )

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Family stroll with one of our chickens ; )

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Lately I’ve tried to take a few moments each day to turn off all electronics, quieten my thoughts, and just listen to the  birds outside.  They are so joyful!  It’s amazing how many songs they sing if you really take time to listen.

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How we busy ourselves.  How we worry about material things.  How we stress about deadlines.  I  include myself in this.  The right house, the right schools, the right clothes, the right job, the right __________ (fill in the blank).  Did you know you can go crazy worrying about all of these things?  It’s toxic to our souls.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy pretty things, but balance is key.

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Nature, however, is boundless in beauty.  It offers us rest and inspiration.  I see it as one of God’s gifts to us.

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Taking a moment to breathe and reflect.

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I close this week with a homework assignment.  Find one simple activity to do over the weekend that reconnects you with nature and your authentic self.  Maybe it’s reading your book on the porch swing, or writing in a journal on a blanket under the trees, or bundling up for a chilly walk to peek at the buds popping up on the trees.  Even if it’s just 30 minutes.  30 minutes of pure stillness and focus on nature, with no electronic distractions.  Such a great way to charge our soul, which in turn channels boundless creativity that can be applied in all areas of our life.   The more we do this, the more creative and happy we are.

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Happy reconnecting!

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    Linda@Limeinthecocon April 11, 2014

    Lovely images…and great reminder. I JUST did that last night as I walked through a friends Zen/clam home. I breathed (and blogged about it)

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    Kate April 11, 2014

    Such a beautiful and needed post, thank you! My daughter is on Spring Break this week and what I thought was going to be an easy and fun week has turned out to be even more HECTIC! Not sure how that happened;) Now I am going to stop for a moment and enjoy our gorgeous spring that has finally arrived!:)

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    Annette April 11, 2014

    I absolutely loved your post and the inspiration your bring to each day. I have been a loyal reader for four years and always look forward to reading your blog. Yes a great reminder to meditate with nature a little but each day at the least. True treasures in heaven are the wonders of nature all around us.

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    JuliaW April 11, 2014

    Great post — thanks for such a timely reminder!

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    Lori H April 11, 2014

    Thanks, Seleta! I had already planned on doing some gardening this weekend. Now I am going to leave my phone inside! :)

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    Terri of decordose April 11, 2014

    Great reminders of what really matters….thank you. For me, spring break begins this week and I am really looking forward to reconnecting with the people I love most!

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    Janie April 14, 2014

    Been following your blog for the past few years and always enjoy your sentiments and pictures! Your home looks lovely and I was wondering if you stay in your lake house permanently now or do you return to the house that you rent out?….you seem to lead a very, very busy lifestyle and you do it with such gratitude that it reflects your genuine love of life! Thanks!

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    pve April 22, 2014

    You need the new book by Marcie Chapman Cuff, “This book was a tree” – all about slowing down and getting out in Nature. You would love her. She lives locally. Her first book is so sweet.
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