Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Reconnnect With Nature

Whether it's a walk through a beautiful park, a seaside stroll on a sunny day or the graceful swaying of tall grasses in the breeze, there is something soothing about the peacefulness and tranquility of our natural surroundings.  Go out for a walk and focus on one thing-one bird, one tree, one squirrel, whatever. Listen to that bird's calls, watch it flit from tree to tree, observe its coloring and allow yourself to be transfixed by just this bird. Engage your senses and allow your mind to wander--for this short time, forget about family, work,  and other distractors.   Close your eyes and breathe deeply--smell the earth, hear your surroundings.  Upon opening your eyes, notice the colors around you, (or lack thereof) the variations of browns and greens and greys.  What I find, is the more time I spend enjoying natural surroundings, the more time I want to spend doing more of the same.  By allowing yourself to reconnect with nature, you acknowledge your place in the universe and the gradiosity of it.  

Monday, November 2, 2009

Remember what made you happy as a child

Many years ago I heard this, and thought back to what made me happy when I was younger. I always enjoyed playing tennis--everything about it. Just being out on a court made me smile and I would gladly play for several hours a day. I stopped playing when I went to college and didn't play again for over two decades.  When I did resume playing, I found I was thrilled to be back on the court, although my game reflected my lack of play. I started to think of all the benefits to me of playing tennis--it was a social game, provided me with exercise, gave me confidence in my abilities and I loved to wear tennis skirts! And it wasn't only tennis that made me happy when I was younger. I thought back and found other activities that provided me with enjoyment as a child--riding my bike, playing board games, playing in the snow.  Think about what you enjoyed as a child--there's more than a good chance that it will provide you with the same sense of happiness as it did when you were much younger.