The Nurture of Nature

The Nurture of NatureDo you ever make yourself crazy with non-stop hustle and bustle? Too many rounds on the hamster wheel with no break?

Between consuming the media, meeting daily deadlines and managing a life filled with concrete, cars and creditors, it’s amazing that any of us stay sane.

Every day we’re met with a barrage of stimuli that can encourage us to become edgy and worry about situations over which we have little control. The only thing we can control in life is our chosen response to it. So, the next time you’re feeling stressed out and overwhelmed, instead of screaming or silently fuming, try this instead: get off that hamster wheel, turn off your technology and IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE NURTURE OF NATURE. 

Re-ground yourself by taking off your shoes and socks and connecting your feet directly to earth, grass, sand or water. Take a walk in the woods, by the ocean or along a stream. Be fully present here and now. Exercise mindfulness to restore a sense of peace. Appreciate the strength of a tree or the majesty of the mountains and let their beauty overtake you. Lie back in the grass and look up at the sky. Enjoy the movement of clouds across a vast expanse of brilliant blue. Or gaze at the billions of stars twinkling against the black of night.

Nature is a miracle of organic synergy and interdependence. Flowers don’t need alarm clocks to tell them when to bloom. Birds don’t need a recording studio to sing. Everything works in harmony, exactly as it’s supposed to.

Taking a break outside relaxes your body, refreshes your mind, feeds your heart and soothes your soul. As you pause to reflect, reconnect and renew, you remember that you, too, are an essential part of this natural wonder. 

What can you do today to embrace nature and relax into your rightful place in the perfect, natural order of things?

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About djwlifecoach

I am retired from 40+ years of helping individuals and teams build lives and organizations they love. One of the great joys of my retirement from professional practice is having greater bandwidth to donate my professional and creative talents to support and promote animal and social welfare charities. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world’s largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout led to finding my purpose guiding others on their journeys. As a board-certified coach, author, consultant, radio host, Reiki Master and EFT/tapping practitioner, I share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. 111419 DJW Sid CH Pet Corner Photo ShootI help clients achieve rapid, extraordinary, sustainable results by connecting who they are with what they do, a connection often lost through stress and the sheer busy-ness of daily life. Courageous self-awareness and unconditional self-love lead to honest choices based on priorities that nurture you and those around you on a journey to wholeness. Decades in coaching, consulting, change management, organization development, human resources and mixed media artistic expression honed my business sense, professionalism, creativity, intuition, leadership and communication skills. The result? Practical tools that help you become more insightful, creative, committed, productive and fulfilled. Even the most dedicated and hard-working individuals can shift from frustration to a sense of futility when their values, passion, work, and lives become disconnected. One of the problems with not taking care of our health is that the effects of ignoring it are often slow to show up. We continue to juggle family responsibilities, work and finances until we lose ourselves, waking up one day 50 pounds heavier in body and soul—no good to ourselves or anyone else. I love working with people who are ready to take life-changing action to make their dreams a reality. At each moment, you have inside you all the wisdom you seek to choose your life and your way of showing up. Limiting thoughts, beliefs and feelings can block you from moving forward. An absence of love and concern for yourself can result in negative head talk that holds you back with discouraging messages about who you are and what you can do. By listening and caring deeply, I guide you in connecting with your own inner wisdom. We identify the way you’d like to live. We determine what’s blocking you and release you from the hold those blocks have over you—unleashing the positive energy that will fuel you forward. Together we develop a plan to move you closer to your heart’s desire. My books, blog, radio show and signature coaching programs help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. What’s love got to do with it? Everything! My book, Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life! (Hay House/ Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. For fun, I love reading, sewing, knitting, yin yoga, afternoon tea, opera and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my spouse, Wilson Abney, and the cat who runs our life, Maisy Jane.
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