In the past couple of weeks I had a feeling of unease, not my usual self. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was that I was feeling but I knew I just didn’t feel quite right. I wasn’t feeling connected to my spirit. I had gotten caught up in the busyness of life. Life had become intense. Relentless thoughts were streaming through my brain and I couldn’t slow down. The practicalities of everyday living had taken over and I felt like something was missing. I felt like there was a clash of values deep within me - a clash of the head and the heart.
It was when I saw this picture on the Facebook page ‘Knowledge is Power’ last Friday that I knew I needed to reconnect with my spirit and great outdoors were calling. I had spent so much time in my head and forgotten my heart and my spirit. My recent busyness had caused me to neglect the things I loved doing most – meditating and walking. The ego voice of the head was urging me to keep busy and get on with things while the voice of love was calling me to slow down and enjoy the silence.
Since seeing this wonderful picture on Friday I have been for a walk every single day. Today I went for a walk around my favourite lake, Lough Lannagh in Castlebar. I felt such gratitude in my heart as I watched the swans landing gracefully on the lake, and felt the cold breeze on my face. It was magical. Connecting with nature felt as if time had stopped. I experienced a feeling of returning to my true self. Taking time out to step outside, even if it’s for just ten minutes a day, can do wonders for the soul.
Tuning in to nature has a tremendous effect on our body, mind and spirit. Our natural surroundings are natural stress-busters. Being in nature promotes the very welcoming rush of endorphins – those ‘happy hormones’ that give us a feeling of well-being.
When things in your life seem chaotic, and the busyness creeps in, is when it is time to stop and reconnect with your soul. It’s time to step outside and replenish your energy. It can be a short walk, doing some gardening, going for a cycle, just sitting on a rock and watching the birds in the sky. Our wonderful Mother Earth has so much to offer us, it’s time for us to reconnect with her and thank her for her gifts.