What does living a life full of wonder mean to you?
Below you will find ten promises for a wonder-full life. Examine them. Hold them up to your heart to see which ones resonate with you. What would you add to this list? What would you modify or take away? Please share in the comments below as we all learn from one another on this journey of making our best lives a priority.
Often as we age and “grow up” we embrace a sense of inhibition and surround ourselves by rules and fear. We build an understanding that we must think/act/show up in a certain way. We let societal pressures and other’s perceptions build these walls for us until we are hemmed in and have lost our own individual power. We lose our ability to participate in the wonder-full richness of life. We become afraid of new beginnings, new ideas and new perspectives. We are content to stay “stuck” in our comfort zone - imagining a myriad of dreams - but in an “if only” sense.
"What’s in Motion" is an invitation that’s commonly used at the beginning of a Shinrin-Yoku (forest therapy) walk here in the United States. It’s a great way to center participants into their place in space and get them attuned to the environment around them. It is a simple invitation that draws folks into the present moment and encourages them to notice what’s in motion in the world around them quietly and consciously.
How are you finding JOY today?
Maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, spilled a bunch of coffee on your shirt as you drove to the office only to realize that you forgot the report that you were putting the finishing touches on back at the house. You turn around, grab the report, rush back to the office and arrive 15 minutes late to your meeting and it feels like everyone is now staring at your coffee stain.
How the heck do you find JOY in this scenario?
Are you cultivating a nature connection in your life?
I recently returned home from a week-long training in Sonoma, California. I was trained as a Forest Therapy Guide - which is based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing). It was fabulous to be disconnected from technology and to truly immerse myself in the forest and the natural environment around me and I'd love to share some of my thoughts from the forest.
There are moments. And then there are MOMENTS. And in between we connect the dots to map out our individual lives as we know them. What we do with these moments and meanderings is our choice. It’s our choice to follow, break trail, or turn around and take a side trail.