It happens every time we go for a walk in nature.
“Do we have to?” It could be Savannah or Kalyra whining. You decide.
“It’s so boring.”
Is it? That’s interesting. What wouldn’t be boring to you.”
I don’t know, playing games and fun stuff.
My heart deflates a little with a, damn you society, with all your flashy gadgets pulling them away from the simplicity and beauty of nature and present moment awareness.
“I’m failing as a parent.” goes my usual inner dialogue. “I’ve got to get them out in nature more. I’m going to get an RV, unplug and dump the real world.”
I want to tell them that “
nature is the place where you’ll find the space to breathe and discover who you are. Nature will ground you and help you manage the ups and downs in life. It’s the equilibrium you need to survive and thrive. It will connect you and bring you stillness and joy. It does all of this without ever speaking to you, but just by being with you.”
I follow nature’s lead and say nothing.
“We’re here now. Let’s just enjoy this walk and see what we discover.”
The grumbles will last a little longer, as will my inner dialogue, but soon enough nature casts its spell.
They’re giggle and skipping, scrambling over rocks, laughing and cuddling. They’re admiring the views, pointing at lizards and learning from the trees (perhaps even hugging them like their momma does).
And the tightness in my chest has slowly evaporated with each step and long lingering breath.
I have returned to myself.
We finish the walk and they say
“You know that was actually fun. I really liked that after all.”
I can almost see the roots they have grown into the ground. They are balanced, centered, whole and happy again – naturally so.
Every single time is the same. The circumstances and the place does not matter.
The next time you feel yourself whining or stressed about how much you have to do. If the flashing lights of fun, busyness and crazy games takes you over, head into nature.
I know there are a million things you have to do but just give nature 10 minutes. Let her silently drag you in protesting. and lead you out singing.
Its all you need to learn you are okay, you are grounded, you are in control, and you can experience joy and move mountains through being more than doing.
All of which you need – her silent wisdom, breath and energy is stored in her dirt, her trees, and the fresh salty air.
Let her speak to you.
How does nature restore you? Do your children grumble about hiking or nature walks? Does their attitude change?
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