Why Is It So Hard to Let Nature Nurture Me?
I have had experiences where I was totally wrapped in the nurturing energy from the earth, especially when I am taking pictures. Somehow looking through the camera lens shuts out random thoughts that would focus me elsewhere.
So why is it that taking time out to be in nature is so far down the list?
Does this happen to you too?
The best way I have found to answer this type of question is to see what is standing in the way and discover why I allow it to happen.
What Stands in the Way?
Immersed in Thought
Since before my teenage years, I have spent much of my life in my thoughts. I wonder—
- Why do we humans act as we do?
- How can we create a world that values everyone?
- How does real change happen?
And on and on. I recognize and value this part of me. However, spending so much time in my thoughts can create imbalance. Even when I’m on a nature walk, I find I’m in my thoughts. That kind of focus doesn’t allow me to breathe in the beauty or simply be present in gratitude for how nature nurtures me. I have closed off the experience of receiving nurture from nature.
Another way we get caught in our thoughts is—
- Living in the past replaying what happened and assigning blame (often blaming ourselves)
- Living in the future calculating the awful things that might happen
- Focusing on what’s wrong with the world
- Focusing on all our mistakes
- Focusing on how we can get another person to make changes so we will be more comfortable
All of these thoughts keep us in lower vibrational frequencies of energy. Receiving nurturing from nature or from another person isn’t possible in that energy. We are cut off from energies that can raise our vibrational frequency.
How Can We Reclaim Our Balance?
I once read a story about a man whose parents were on the last plane that left VietNam at the end of the war. This man asked his parents if they ever thought about what could have happened if they hadn’t gotten on that last plane. They looked at him blankly and then said, “Why would we think about that when it didn’t happen?”
How much time do you spend rethinking the past or fearing the future?
This used to come up for me over and over and I found it occurring for many who have attended my courses. I have looked deeply into myself to see what was keeping me in that stressful mode. I found that a child part of me had taken on the responsibility of keeping me safe. That was useful when I had to depend on others. But, as an adult, it kept me stuck and tended to shut out nurturing that was available from the earth, from inside me, and in relationships. As I communicated with that child aspect of me, I found ways to help it turn over that responsibility to me, the adult. I encouraged that part of me to have more fun, to receive the nurturing love that was and is all around me. As that child aspect began to trust that I would and could take over, it let go. That allowed me to open up to opportunities for nurture that are all around me.
I’m still working on the other part of my story. I still get so wrapped up in my philosophical (and practical) thoughts that I don’t consciously choose to shift into nurturing experiences. I enjoy those thoughts and they are an important part of my life’s purpose.
On the other hand, I’m aware that this constant focus creates an energy imbalance in my body and energy field. It can lead to exhaustion.
Over the years I have developed courses that look at ways to balance our active masculine and receptive feminine energies. Recently, I was introduced to a “tool” that has changed my energy. I have added it to our course “Empower & Embrace Your Active Masculine and Receptive Feminine Energies.”
Life is always evolving. The simplicity and complexity of finding the balance that leads to wholeness is front and center at this time.
How are you evolving into balance? Do you need help with that?
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