To rediscover yourself and take advantage of all that nature has to teach us,
follow what we call “nature’s recipe for restoration.”
These are the basic steps we took when we restored our property.
Identify the invasives in your life
What’s getting in the way of you being your best self? Is it a job situation that isn’t working? Are you in a bad relationship? Write these down or say them out loud. Give them words so that you can start to regain your own power over them. Choose one or two to remove at a time – you don’t have to do it all. We would have been overwhelmed if we’d tried to tackle everything needed to restore our property all at once. To this day we work on small sections over time.
Be brave enough to own what you love about yourself
This is not an act of arrogance. It’s self-indulgence and grace of the best kind. Nature showcases its glory every chance it gets. Think about birds flying south in a perfect V-formation, a flower growing in the crack of a sidewalk, or the quiet sound of snow falling in the early morning before the noises of the day get going.
Are you taking time to notice the beautiful natural images and sounds that are uniquely you? What makes your heart sing? What is it that makes you uniquely you that maybe you are afraid to move forward with? Challenge yourself to list at least five things you love about yourself. We think you’ll learn to list even more!
Welcome a little prescribed disruption in your environment even if it's painful or scary
What are you willing to change? This is the hard part. Remember the story of the controlled fires? Write down one change you can make to your current situation that will help you get rid of the invasives in your life. Then, do it! Take the first step to fix or get out of a bad relationship or job situation. Embrace the disruption that may happen. Consider it an opportunity to be a better you. Seek help from friends and professionals. You don’t have to do this alone!
Show up for yourself every day
You don’t have to be perfect. Life is in a constant state of change and everything is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. Nature is in a constant state of transition and it’s beautiful, just like you. Start small with a simple daily mantra or prayer that acknowledges your presence and state of being. Sit comfortably with both feet flat on the floor or ground. Open a window or listen to a recording of birds, water flowing, wind, rain or something similar and let the natural sounds surround you. Close your eyes. Quiet your mind and focus on your breathing. Count to four as you breath in. Count to four as you exhale. Keep this up for two minutes. (Set a timer if needed.)
Step back when all the hard work is done, smile and celebrate
We know that amazing things will unfold all around you!
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