Happy Earth Day!
As April showers come to a close and May flowers are popping up all over the neighborhood, let's take a small moment today to celebrate the Earth.
In honor of Earth Day, here are 5 great ways to connect with nature:
- Change Your Mindset Think of the Earth as you would think of yourself. The same water that flows in the in the ocean runs through your bloodstream; the same vitamins and minerals found in the soil are the same substance from which your bones and body are built; the fire that burns to warm your body is the same fire within the sun; and the oxygen that you breathe is part of a symbiotic relationship between humans and nature in which both provide the necessary element for the other to live and thrive;
- Try Star-Gazing Looking skyward can be a wonderful tool for mindfulness or meditation. Many ancient civilizations looked to the stars for guidance and power. Learning about the constellations can take us beyond the everyday and into the extraordinary.
- Go Barefoot Our skin breathes and absorbs vitamins and minerals from the Earth. Going barefoot on the beach, digging your feet into the soil, or feeling the grass upon your toes grounds us and can offer healing effects on the body. Try letting the skin of your feet stay in touch with the Earth and see how you feel.
- Look to the Moon and Sun We have all looked up at the moon and noticed that it’s the brightest thing in the night sky. But have you ever really looked …and felt the connection with the moon? The moon is responsible for fluctuations in the ocean tides. And, did you know that the moon has a significant effect on our emotional state or “internal waters”? Additionally, who could forget the transformative power of a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
- Listen to Your Body It’s really quite simple. When you’re tired, sleep. When you’re hungry, eat. When you’re energized, move your body. When you’re in pain, nurture yourself. Nature's rhythms are simple and good for you. Take care of you because you are Nature.
Take a moment today to go outside and honor the Earth. Then, leave us a comment!
What's your favorite way to experience nature?