Writing It Out
Throughout my life, I have found it hard to communicate with other people, so nature has become my psychologist. Another good reason to talk with nature is that it does not ask for a service charge, and most of the time you don’t have to travel too far. I often find myself sitting at the base of a tree. With my head resting on the cool bark and slightly tilted upwards, I sit and stare out at the clouds slowly drifting by.
I ask nature about life. Never giving me a clear answer, nature leaves me to reflect on my thoughts alone, so I ask and I write. I allow emotions to come up and free themselves from my heart. I have observed myself letting go of constraining thoughts or emotions that no longer serve me. I write poems, random thoughts, everything, and anything that comes. I have even had funny little short stories pop up.
The Healing Process
Most of the time my thoughts emerge on a piece of regular notebook paper (through writing or drawing). On days I feel off-balance, I just sit and think. My mind runs into questions like “What’s wrong with me, how did I get here, and how do I get out?” Sometimes just asking these questions is enough to release some form of block within my confused mind.
When I am outside and going through the processing of my thoughts I feel supported by nature, as if it is embracing me. This support in turn helps me to trust myself and the emotions that run through me. When I do this I end up feeling happier, refreshed, and ready to continue with my day.
As a side note: this post is one example of my pastimes in nature. Most of what you have read was written while sitting on the golden hairs of a pine tree. This writing started on a torn out piece of notebook paper and with the love from the tree behind me I bring to you its therapeutic result.
Activity ~ 10 minutes outside
Go out into nature and pick a spot that feels comfortable. I usually go and sit by a tree, go for a walk in the woods, or just sit anywhere outside. If the sky is cloudy, you could bring an umbrella. If the weather is cold or windy, bundle up. If it’s hot, bring water and wear light clothing. Just get out there and you will be surprised to find how much you can learn about yourself from nature.
The things you’ll need:
A journal or notepad
When you get outside write out what nature is or means to you. After that, close your eyes and use your senses. Listen to your surroundings. Feel the sun or the wind, smell the air, and just write. During this week, feel free to leave a comment below, I would love to hear what you wrote or gained from this exercise.
For an example of what I write, check out my other blog: http://creativenaturewritings.blogspot.com/