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Reconnecting with Mother Nature

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Mother Nature. Defined as nature personified as a woman considered as the source and guiding force of creation.

When I think of Mother Nature, I often think of my own mother and how much I love and appreciate her. I appreciate her birthing me, nursing me, feeding me, and raising me into a fully functioning human being. I think if we take a step back, the same can be said of Mother Nature and all that she provides for us.

Water to hydrate us. Food to sustain us. The sun that keeps us alive. Flowers to arouse our sense of smell. Natural wonders to ground us. The list is never-ending because everything that we see, hear, smell, and experience is for us, made by her, with no expectations in return.

Yet, like our own mothers, we forget to call, we stop dropping by, and sometimes we ignore her despite her endless love. The same is true for Mother Nature. We take her for granted — we burn fossil fuels, are wasteful, cut down trees, damage the oceans, and kill off wildlife.

We behave this way because we are constantly on the go and have been conditioned to focus on instant gratification. When we are moving at warp speed, we are unable to slow down and literally smell the roses. We are on sensory overload. I believe that if we take pause and intentionally start slowing down and really start to experience the natural elements for what they are, we will start to do our part to honor and protect Mother Nature.

I encourage you to slow down, experience the magic of Mother Nature, and then do your part to nurture your relationship with her by practicing mindfulness and the three Rs.


Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.

When we are mindful of the wind hitting the back of our neck on a hot summer day and cooling us down, we are open to being in gratitude.

When we are mindful of the water we are drinking as it goes down our throat and the cold sensation we experience as it hits our belly, satiating our thirst, we are open to being in gratitude.

When we feel the warmth of the sun hitting our face and our body soaking in vitamin D, instantly lifting our mood and happiness factor, we are open to being in gratitude.

When we marvel at the beauty and wonder that is around us, from the Grand Canyon to the flowers in our backyard and truly take in the magic from which they are created, we are open to being in gratitude.

When we smell the salt of the ocean and marvel at the waves hitting the beach, we are reminded of the magical force that She is, we are open to being in gratitude.

When we are in gratitude for something, we appreciate it more. We allow for more of it in our lives and then do our part to protect it, save it, nurture it.

This is where the three Rs that many of us learn in elementary and middle school come into play and how we can live into it in the present day.

Reduce:

This is simply about creating less waste. Consider using paper straws, bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, saying no to bottled water, turning off the lights when you’re not in a room.

Reuse:

Reusing is taking old or unwanted items that you may have thrown out and finding a new way to use them. Consider donating your clothes that you no longer wear, donating books that you don’t read, having a garage sale, or refinishing/repairing old furniture.

Recycle:

Recycling is changing discarded material and transforming it to something else. Consider recycling plastic bottles, including water bottles and shampoo bottles. In addition to recycling newspapers and magazines, don’t forget to recycle cardboard boxes or egg containers.

I encourage you to slow down, experience the magic of Mother Nature, and then do your part to nurture your relationship with her by practicing mindfulness and the three Rs.


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