Soul Sunday: Reconnecting with Nature

photo(1)Today’s #SoulSunday was inspired by the glorious weather we’re having. This morning I woke up feeling so euphoric and excited to have an entire day to myself for playing outdoors and enjoying the sunshine.

Because the lovely weather has put me and everyone around me in such a good mood, I decided to write a post on how connecting with nature and being outdoors refreshes, rejuvenates and really just brings us back to life! After a long, cold winter, it feels so great to get outside and appreciate all that our earth has to offer.

Being outdoors and feeling the soil in your fingers, listening to a rushing river or just staring up at the bright blue sky is endlessly therapeutic. It’s crazy how different you can feel after spending a day outside at a park or even just in your own backyard.

There are so many ways you can take advantage of the beauty of Mother Nature. Today, I went to a plant nursery just to soak up the high vibrational energy of the flowers. It really uplifted my mood and reminded me how lucky we are to have nature as a therapeutic resource.

Speaking of how lucky we are, connecting with nature also ties in to gratefulness and appreciating all that we have. It’s impossible to feel really terrible about your situation after spending a lovely day outside and enjoying simple pleasures like feeling the breeze in your hair or the sunshine on your skin.

Practicing gratefulness is absolutely vital to our happiness, and connecting with nature is a really great place to start. Who couldn’t feel grateful for roses or daffodils or peonies? Nature really does give us so many gifts, all we have to do is open our eyes and realize all the joy it can bring us!

As Oscar Wilde said, “With freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?” I love that quote because I couldn’t agree with it more! There are so many little joys in this life that we so often neglect. I’m all for acting like a kid again and getting excited over the little things like bumble bees and frogs and dandelions – they’re so simple but so amazing at the same time.

At least once this week, try to make a point of going outside and noticing one thing you haven’t thought about before. Whether it’s the sound of the birds chirping, the feeling of the warm concrete on your feet or the cute little flowers that are beginning to sprout, you’re sure to feel at least a little bit more energized and ALIVE afterwards.

If you live downtown in a big city and have limited access to nature, make a visit to your local greenhouse or park. Just in downtown Toronto alone there are tons of lovely parks and greenhouses like Trinity Bellwoods or Allan Gardens Conservatory (if you haven’t been to Allan Gardens before you’re seriously missing out!).

We are so lucky to have been given this earth! I mean, really think about it. We’re the only planet in our solar system and in the universe that we know of that has water, let alone gorgeous blooms and beaches and birds and all the other amazing things found in nature. Let’s stop worrying and go out to enjoy it. 🙂

I’d love to hear about how you’re spending this lovely, sunny Sunday – let me know in the comments below!

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