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5 Ways to Remember Who You Are In Nature

When we are feeling lost, disconnected, off, or depleted, it is easy to think that nothing will pull us out of our despair. 

Our relief, however, is often closer than we think. 

Nature is that quiet remedy waiting to soothe our souls.

Nature reveals who we truly are and renews our weary spirits.

Nature strips us of our false personas and leaves us with our essence, inner wisdom, and a renewed connection with the Divine.

One of my favorite quotes by John Muir is, “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” 

I found this to be true in my own life. After spending time in nature, I always feel like a part of me has awakened.

If you desire this for your life, here are 5 ways to connect more deeply with yourself in nature:

1. Ground Yourself

Wiggling your toes in the grass, resting your hands on a moss-covered log, and plunging your fingers deep into the soil, are all forms of grounding.

Grounding – touching the earth with our bare skin –  has a magical (and scientifically proven) ability to detoxify our bodies and heal illnesses. Grounding literally pulls what doesn’t serve us out of our bodies and deposits it into the earth, leaving us with space to simply be.

Every time I ground myself, I become present to the small, but stunningly beautiful things surrounding me that I often miss. It’s in these moments that I feel so incredibly alive.

2. Skinny Dip

When we strip off our clothes and peel off the layers that identify us to the world, we are left baring our souls. We feel exposed…vulnerable. 

Vulnerably stepping into and immersing ourselves in a pool of water, is like a sacred baptism. Mother Nature washes us of our false personas and leaves us with a liberated, purified, and true version of ourselves.

3. Participate in a Moon Ritual

Women gather during the new moon and full moon to celebrate their connection to the moon and all of creation. 

When I first discovered that women’s cycles were connected to the moon, something awakened in me. I felt a power surge through my body as I learned that years ago, women bled at the same time each month – on the new moon. I get chills just thinking about it. 

Within us, contains the very same power that orchestrates the ebbs and flows of the moon and tides. 

Moon rituals were performed by women thousands of years ago. 

Participating in them today connects us to our ancestral roots, shows us that women are more powerful together than when we are pit against one another, awakens our inner wisdom and power, and reminds us that we are capable of so much more than we have allowed ourselves to be.

4. Stargaze

Stargazing puts things in perspective and opens our eyes to the miraculous world, of which we are a part. 

Looking up at the expansive sky reminds us that our problems aren’t as big as we have made them out to be. We are also reminded that like the infinite sky, we too are limitless. 

If you are feeling small, look up. Let the vastness of this world remind you that you possess an infinite well of possibilities within you.

5. Garden

Planting and cultivating our own food creates a sacred connection to the earth that we have forgotten. 

When we plant seeds and watch them grow, we witness beauty and purpose at every stage of life. There’s no judgment in the seed not being not a fruit when it is first planted. Instead, we watch patiently and in awe as the earth brings us nourishment. 

Gardening teaches us that like a plant’s life, our lives too unfold in their own perfect way and perfect timing. 

With this understanding, we can release the false beliefs that we are behind in life or doing it wrong. We can savor the perfection of being exactly where we are right now.

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