“Nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.” – Unknown
I love to escape from the outer world into the inner world of awe, wonder, and amazement; the world of nature. I love the sea, forests, rocks and mountains, crystals, streams, wildlife and flowers, and everything that has not been touched by human hands. As I have expressed in my past musings, the four loves in my life are my Ultimate Concierge, my pooch America, my family, and nature.
I thought this Sunday Morning I would tell you why and how nature affects my life in such a grand way, and how she helps me through the rain without a word of direction. The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, and a beautiful art book on shells, One Hundred Sea Shells by Harold Feinstein, a book my sister-in-law gave me are true ‘natural gems.’ They all inspired this story.
Daydreaming Through Nature
You become overtaxed. I become over-taxed. One of the ways I cope when I am overtaxed is to daydream. Daydreaming is not facing reality and is a great escape. Daydreaming is a series of pleasant thoughts that distract my attention from the present. It is a healthy escape when you feel like packing it up and getting out of dodge.
In my daydreams I always see myself with my pooch, America, walking down an amazing beach somewhere, but not in Elsewhere. The sand under my feet feels like sifted flour reminding me of the sandy beaches in Sarasota. I am on The Sea somewhere and thankfully millions of miles away from life. The Sea is as calm as a sheet of glass. So calm I see the reflection of my Ultimate Concierge sitting on the beach with a Cuban Cigar in one hand, the book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck (my favorite book of the moment) by Mark Manson in the other, but at no time does he take his eyes off of me. He is my lifeguard.
I Smile and Sigh as I Daydream…
Seeing the sky above in a stunning peaceful shade of blue with not a cloud, I hear the soft sound of swaying palms and feel the trade winds gently brush my skin. It is early morning, the sun in the East has lifted herself out of The Sea, spreading light over the water that suddenly gives the illusion of sparkling diamonds. I don’t have a care in the world because I have escaped whatever is bothering me for the time being. I’ve got my man, my pooch, my computer, my family in my mind, and last but not least, the healing effects of nature in all her glory, delighting me.
The beauties in nature always play a leading role in my daydream; they calm the rough waters in my mind and for me that serves my purpose for eventual and positive re-entry into the now.
The ultimate purpose of implementing nature into your daydreams is to clear out cluttered thoughts so you are able, once again, to refocus with clarity. I feel that nature oozes tranquility and purifies and heals the mind. My world is filled with flora, fauna, landscape, and scenery in my daydream and in real-time, too. So, I suggest you bring the natural world into your daydreams as well as your home to bring more clarity into your soul.
How do I do this in real-time?
1. I have orchid plants and other plants and flowers in every room of our home.
2. As well, I have a small indoor herb and spice garden sitting on a window sill. I am growing cilantro, lavender, mint, lemon verbena, etc., that spread lovely natural aromas throughout the room.
3. Our windows are uncovered. The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, The Sky, and Lake Michigan fill my world.
4. Our bedroom colors are white and nature’s green.
5. Every week during the summer, I bring home freshly cut flowers from the market across the street.
6. I always have a project with nature!
My Amaryllis Project
This year for my project, I decided to grow seedlings and bulbs inside my home. I grew an Amaryllis bulb this year. OMG, the joy it brought. It was sent to me as a gift from a new friend, Dawn, at White Flower Farm. I suggest shopping at White Flower Farm. When the last bloom fell, I cut back the leaves. Over the last several months the leaves grew back and the last photo (see above) shows my Amaryllis in its final stage of replenishing its depleted food reserves through it leaves. How special is that! In the middle of September, I have to put my Amaryllis in a dark cool space. The leaves should turn brown and she will be ready for the new season. Finger’s crossed!
Back to My “In Real-Time” List
7. Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm. It is made with 100% natural products. The original balm has a hint of peppermint oil. There are other flavors of pomegranate, vanilla bean, and strawberry.
9. A hemp and wool rug by Forest Home (a new favorite company of mine).
11. Preserved plant wall art! Yes, it’s real plants and flowers!
12. I always have Orchid plants around my home. You can get many flower arrangements and plants from ProFlowers.
Nature Surrounds You: It’s Time To Appreciate It
I am always struck at Mother Nature’s color palette. Nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. When I am fixed on nature, I see whatever I am involved in with clarity and lucidity. My mind is as clear and precise as the colored bands of a rainbow. I suddenly see coming up out of the Pacific Ocean on a clear day in Honolulu. When you live in a state of nature, you are uninfluenced by civilization or social constraints. Elsewhere and other problems can’t touch you. You sigh, you see clearly, you listen to your heart, and with clarity…you smile
Use Nature To Calm Yourself Through a Dilemma
There will always be the daily in and out dilemmas that knock on your door. These problems are frustrating, aggravating, maddening, and usually unexpected. Fortunately, most are solvable. I recall one Thanksgiving with family members and the aroma of my turkey cooking in our new oven, the glass on the door decided to break just at that moment.
When a whammy hits, you naturally fall apart. Suddenly you are filled with fear. Your tolerance of the unexpected is no longer tolerable, your anger level rises. Sadness becomes a negative companion. You feel there is little or no hope.
Coping is a skill and you may or may not be great at coping when the unexpected arrives. So darling, use nature. Use your surroundings. Appreciate life and all that Mother Nature gives us.
How do you incorporate nature into your daily life? Please share with me in the comments at the bottom of this page. I would love to hear your thoughts!
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