10 Life Lessons From Nature
Finding peace, strength, inspiration and connection in the many seasons of life.
How to connect and flow with source energy for inspiration, faith, and peace of mind.
It’s easy to think of nature as “out there”, something separate from us, but this incredible Universe we are a part of, connected with, are one with, can teach us a lot about life and ourselves. We experience the same cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth many times throughout our lives, we just resist. We struggle and fight against the elements in our environment and the ups and downs on the journey, trying to push things in the way we feel they should go or be, instead of allowing the natural flow and trusting in the process.
There are beautiful, sometimes silent messages to be learned when we become present, humbled & vulnerable, open to all that is presented to us.
Nature is my church, my therapist, my healer, my lover, my sacred space, my teacher. She is the first place I seek on my travels. Whether I’m strolling through a mossy, bark-floored forest in my homeland of Scotland, watching the sunrise, squishing sand between my toes on a beach in California, or marvelling at the sunset while wrapped in a blanket, drinking tea on the red rocks of Arizona, sitting by a still lake listening to the crickets in the lush English countryside, or sharing a walking trail with monks, yogis, oxen, monkeys and dogs on a mountainside in India, I return to myself.
I love all Seasons, all weathers. I love the destructive and life-giving power of Mother Nature, in all her forms. I find her humbling and awe-inspiring. I find myself in her and I am able to accept and embrace all aspects of my human condition and trust this earthly experience and it’s sequence of events when in her company. And when I leave to return to my chosen adventure for this lifetime? I remind myself of the lessons I have learned from our deep connection, knowing I am not separate from this energy, but one with. I hope you find some peace and strength in them also.
10 Life Lessons From Nature
1. Nothing in nature is hurried. In every process, there is a need for non-action. Take your hands off occasionally. There are Universal laws by which we are all rules. Breathe, trust, and allow things to unfold naturally.
2. Everything has its time to blossom and to replenish. Variety is beautiful & beauty is everywhere. We are all unique, all have something special we bring to the world. A flower doesn’t think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms for all to see. Be you. Love you.
3. Seasons change, nothing is permanent and each phase can be beautiful if we learn acceptance and non-resistance. A green leaf doesn’t resist turning red when autumn approaches. Trees don’t resist leaves falling when winter arrives. They stand deeply rooted in the ground, with their vulnerability out in the open and branches spread wide, surrendering to the Universe.
4. Every path has its puddles & fallen branches. We can see puddles as icky, annoying, in the way, something to walk around so we don’t get our feet wet, or we can see them as mirrors, gifts of reflection. We could also see them as an opportunity to throw adulting aside for a bit and splash around, childlike in nature.
We don’t get annoyed at a fallen tree on a woodland walk, we marvel at its beauty and even sit on it for a while, contemplating with awe, the miracle of nature. There are lessons everywhere and each obstacle, person or situation is an opportunity to look at and connect with ourselves more deeply.
5. Rain is necessary to cleanse, purify, refresh and renew the earth. Don’t hide away, covered up, head down, hurrying through the drizzles or downpours in life. Stand there, head back, arms open and allow them to do as nature does, to bring clarity, balance, and calm.
6. Darkness is necessary to appreciate the light. No matter what storms are passing, or how over-grown, thick and heavy our view may be, always trust that beyond the clouds, and through the foliage, the sky is always blue and the sun is always shining.
7. Not all things that exist can be seen or heard. Some things need to be felt. Energy is everything and everything is energy. Don’t be limited to your 5 senses. There is magic all around us, within us, always in motion, ready to be tapped into at any moment. Pause, close your eyes, invite her in and connect.
8. Plant seeds, but remember they take time to grow and they need love and nourishment. Put out your desires, water them with faith, trust, affection, kindness and allow them their process, their Divine timing. Don’t pick at them.
9. We all absorb negative energy that needs to be expelled. A melt-down isn’t always a bad thing. Anything from discomfort to chaos to hitting rock-bottom is a natural part of life. You are not broken, you are an energetic being with a current running through you who gathers and holds, and needs to ground and expel now and again to bring order & balance. It’s ok to just come to your knees or lay on the floor for a while. Don't deny yourself that moment. It’s just your internal, incredible, intelligent gauge readjusting the system and it knows what you need!
10. Nothing in life is certain, or permanent. The weather can change at any moment. We cannot control external events. But we can choose how we ride out every moment and look for the beauty around us the way we do with nature.
This journey can feel unbearable at times and the power to change out of our hands. When you feel alone, overwhelmed, lost, unsure, or broken, return home. Not to do anything specific, just to be.