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.
Visiting a handsome friend at the barn. I have such a crush on him ; )
Family stroll with one of our chickens ; )
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.
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.
Nature, however, is boundless in beauty. It offers us rest and inspiration. I see it as one of God’s gifts to us.
Taking a moment to breathe and reflect.
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.