GO. Get Outside. Literally- go do something, preferably outside, maybe a physical activity (walking works great), technology optional (it's hard to let go, I know). That is how I try to live my life these days. Following those simple directions, a whole world has opened before my eyes and within my heart.
I've always loved the outdoors. Anything outdoors really. The desert, the forest, the mountains, the water. The birds, the bugs, the trees, the diatoms. The greens, the blues, the violets, the scarlet. The light and the dark. It's all one giant ball of peace, life, and goodness to me.
The important thing is to experience it. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If this is true, the feeling of the ground against my feet- that is worth a thousand pictures to me. Experiencing nature in all your senses isn't just for my preschool Park PALS. There is more than meets the eye when you venture outside so GO!
Go for a walk, a blindfolded walk that is. Bring someone you trust to lead the way! Engage your senses- smell, listen, touch & taste. What wildlife is near- is that a cricket or katydid? How does the wind sound- are there trees around or perhaps a swaying meadow? What scent is the breeze carrying your way- the earliest of spring wildflowers? What does that tall grass feel like as your hand grazes over it or the ground beneath your bare feet? I'm not advising you eat your way through your blindfolded hike, but that you open your mouth a bit and taste the sweetness of the falling rain.
Experiencing the outdoors on a daily basis keeps me grounded in my life. Taking a moment to venture outside, blindfolded or not, can re-engage my sometimes ignored senses. It connects me, physically and spiritually, to the world I share with about 8.7 million other species.
So what are you waiting for? GO. Get Outside. Literally- go do something, preferably outside, maybe a physical activity, technology optional.
Upcoming Events (Click on the event for more information)
Sunday, March 3: Community Potluck- House of Yin Yoga Studio, 12-4 pm
Wednesdays in March: Park Yoga- The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, 5:30-6:30pm. Bring a mat or blanket- no experience necessary!
Tuesdays: Meditation- Converging Paths Meditation Center, 7-8:15pm
Friday, March 8: Morning Yoga- House of Yin Yoga Studio, 9am
Tuesday, March 12: Andy Douglas, The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga. Converging Paths Meditation Center, 7pm
Friday, March 22: The Search for Salamanders- Edison Woods MetroPark, 6pm