What I've been really feeling called to connect with lately is how effortlessly Mother Nature inspires us with her beauty. Truly, whenever we take the time to nourish ourselves with a walk in the great outdoors, there is so much gorgeousness at every turn.
A daily walk has been part of my self-care practice for many years now. Actually if I'm honest, it's probably more like 5 times a week. But even if it's just a 10 minute walk down the road, there's something about being in nature that brings me back into myself. I feel refreshed, invigorated and strangely enough - more positive about the future of our planet.
Because when I'm connecting with nature, I can take time to step out of my busy mind and instead, notice how incredibly She evolves, adapts and grows ... and that brings me such hope and trust in the intelligence that underlies our lives and the Universe.
The truth is, ever since I was a child, I've felt absolutely in awe of nature's expression and ecosystems. Whether it's the shape of a smooth, curved leaf, the reflections or patterns on the surface of a water, tadpoles in a creek or a surprise visit from nature's creatures - my goodness - I can't help but see it all as a beautiful blessing every time.
As humans, we are wired to protect the things we love. I see my role as an Artist as someone who can share my inner feelings and expressions through my work and for me that means, Mother Nature. When we are so busy, we often forget how beautiful the very place we live in is. But it doesn't take much to connect with Her and drink in her natural beauty.
All of the images I've shared with you here are within a 5 minute walk from my house. There is a creek that runs behind my house and about a year ago, I discovered that the local green group had cleaned up a pathway through the bushland alongside it. It's now become like a sacred ritual to visit here and because it's a place I've grown to admire so much, I feel so deeply passionate about conserving, showcasing and sharing its beauty with others.
Feeling inspired, this week, I taught an intuitive nature art session with my son's prep class. I just love how having conversations with children can so easily open them up to the beauty and awe within us all. And I have learned that this awe actually never leaves us, we just get too busy to notice it.
So this week, I invite you to visit somewhere natural and reconnect with that sense of wonder and beauty that exists every day around us. It doesn't need to be a grand gesture - most of us can find somewhere natural within 5 - 10 minutes of our home.
If you feel so inclined, you might like to make it a photo walk - get down low and look at the little wild flowers growing in the cracks of the pavement, or the shimmering light shining through the canopy of trees overhead. The camera in your phone is enough for this.
I can guarantee - I promise - you will return feeling all the better for it. Because when we connect with nature, we also connect with the natural part of ourselves within. Our planet is truly the most magnificent gift; an incredible ecosystem, which we are a part of. When we remember to appreciate and nourish Her, we in turn, nourish ourselves and every other thing on the planet benefits.
If you feel inspired to connect with nature creatively, I invite you to check out my Mindful Nature Artwork e-class, online with Wanderlust 2018. Details on my classes page HERE.
All my Love,