Inspired by Nature.

If you’ve read any of my other posts you’ll know how much I enjoy walking in the woods with my dog Farley.  When I’m surrounded by the trees and greenery with tree mulch at my feet and quiet all around, except for the bird calls, I feel that I’ve gone to another realm – a spiritual realm.  It is the tonic that my soul longs for in a day otherwise filled with pressure, constraints, obligations and responsibilities.  Walking in the woods, I notice that I can breathe without consciously having to remind myself, like I sometimes do when my body sighs in order to get more oxygen. I feel expanded, joyful and in awe. I feel a huge sense of gratitude for all the gifts I’ve received and a sense that all is well or at least all is as it should be, and for good reason.  That there is a cosmic force at play in my life leading me (sometimes kicking and screaming, or crying) towards my greater good.  At these times. I get a glimmer of the big picture just for a second maybe, that gives me hope and inspires me to keep trekking along and have faith that it’s all good and will ultimately be all good.

These moments of inspired hope that I get from walking in the woods re-kindle my trust and faith that I am being taken care of and guided. That despite moments of doubt, all is well. All…is…well.

I am reminded of the quote from Begin with Yes that says:

As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.

Is there something that you do to help re-align and refresh yourself when you’re overwhelmed with the pressures of life?  I’d love to hear about it!

Dare to Dream…..And Do!

Walking in the woods the other day, I was thinking about how I need to focus on what I want to do (rather than on what I don’t want) and keep repeating that like a mantra to myself.  It’s very simplistic but the things I love to do are to read, to write and to share, and hopefully, help people in the process.

Read, Write, Share. Read, Write, Share. Read, Write, Share.

While walking, the words “dare to dream….and do”, came to me.  I sometimes forget to do both, but more often than not, it’s the “do” part that doesn’t get a lot of action.  I think, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could spend my time doing such and such?” but then don’t get to the point where I’m making concrete plans for how to actually make it happen.  I think that’s what this next stage of my life is going to be about.  Taking action on the dreams and inspiration.  It’s easy to say “Wouldn’t it be nice?” and then just dismiss it as fanciful fluff. It’s harder to actually take yourself seriously and make the list of what your soul is longing for AND THEN make the list of what you’re going to do first, second and third to make it a reality AND THEN DO IT.  I’m reminding myself as I write this that it doesn’t have to be anything monumental; small steps are enough.  So there’s another mantra for myself: Small Steps.Small Steps.Small Steps.

For as long as we have breath, it’s important to realize (i.e make real) what is personally meaningful and necessary in our lives so that when we do come to the end of our days, we’ll have a sense of fulfillment and peace.

Dream and do. Dream and do. Dream and do.

Have a beautiful weekend everyone!