12 Ways to Connect with Nature

12 Ways to Connect with Nature

Recently, I have been feeling a strong pull towards connecting more with nature; to come out of hiding, to seek freedom, to feel grounded and alive. It has been something that, admittedly, I had been neglecting for a long time. Particularly living in the inner city has meant that I often swapped outdoor activities in exchange for long chats at cafes and the like. 

In the last few months however, I have felt completely refreshed when I spend a weekend out of the city and head for the hills! 

I am starting to crave the freedom. I am starting to find a new awareness of the environment around me. I am starting to feel the uplifting impact it has on my soul. And I am revelling in this space. 

This has lead me to incorporate more opportunities to connect with nature. Today, I am sharing with you 12 interesting ways that I connect with nature.

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Energy Flow For A Positive Mindset

Energy Flow For A Positive Mindset

Energy. It is such a powerful concept. From what I learnt in my chemistry class many years ago, I was told that Energy is Finite - energy cannot be created, it is just transferred or transformed from one thing to another.

Each morning, when we wake up, we have a certain amount of energy within us already that we can spend on whatever we set our intentions on throughout the day. 

We can restore some of this energy by eating nourishing foods, yoga, meditating or doing things that sets our souls on fire. And, we can also deplete the energy within us, by letting it flow out of us and into things that don't serve us in the longer term. 

Ultimately, in every moment, we will be making a decision on how we will be using this energy -  in what we create, manifest and bring into existence.
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3 Steps To End Negative Self Talk

3 Steps To End Negative Self Talk

In my mid 20s, I spent a lot of my time inside my head, with my thoughts. And at the worst of times, I had a consistent case of negative self talk. 

As a result, I was easily stressed from the expectations that I had put upon myself in regards to study, career and meeting society's definition of success. I was emotionally reactive, especially when it came to relationships, repeating familiar patterns. At that time, I guess I didn't really know who I was. I wished that I could somehow put a stop to this negative self talk that had wedged its way into my head and taken over my self esteem. 

However, I knew how I wanted to feel. I wanted to experience and appreciate life fully, seeing things in technicolor rather than through a greyscale lens. I wanted clarity around my identity so that I could live my life authentically. I wanted to live in flow rather than feeling the need to control a situation or hold onto expectations. And, I wanted to feel peace so that I could go about my day without stress or fear.

For the last 2 years, I have been working towards this. For me, the journey started with developing a greater sense of awareness and acceptance. 

It can be so easy for us to live life in autopilot, with a blurred vision of each moment and future projecting to the next thing. By simply bringing awareness to the flow of our thoughts, emotions and reactions, it can help us gain a deeper understanding around who we are, reduce the tendency for us to propagate negative self talk, and offer lightness and clarity.

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Be Here Now

Be Here Now

Hello & Welcome! 

Thank you for dropping in on my very first blog post! During my most recent appointment with my kinesiologist, the topic of living in the moment came up repeatedly for me. This was something I wasn't expecting to hear at all - however it did eventually lead me to a significant perspective shift.

According to my subconscious and my body, my conscious mind was too focused on future intentions instead of honouring the present. It took me a a while to digest what this really meant. After all, I was in the process of setting up my blog, my little corner of the digital universe where I hoped to share my stories and tips on creating mindful habits. How could I blog about something if I wasn't really living and breathing what I wanted to write about in the first place? 

A week after my session and sitting with the resistance and emotions that came up for me,  things started to make sense. It feels like my conscious thoughts are always a few steps behind  and it takes time to see things from a more intuitive perspective. 

Over the last 2 months, I was riding on a wave of adrenaline and inspired energy. I had found so much joy from all the new things that had come into my life such as enrolling in B-School, studying my Natural Therapies course, setting up my blog and commencing my new dream job. My mind was constantly buzzing with fresh ideas and things I couldn't wait to action. I ended up filling all my spare hours, devoting it to moving these beautiful projects forward.

I had stepped away from sitting in stillness and being ok with the "not doing" and ticking things off my to do list. I had stepped away from being content in the moment and living with a greater sense of awareness.

So I decided to par everything back, to simplify it all down. And I came to one simple conclusion -  the art of sitting in the present moment brings peace, calmness and tranquility. 

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