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Free to Hear Nature Speak

I was sitting in my home office this morning drinking coffee, scrolling social media and glancing out the window at the sun coming up. It was a quiet morning with everyone still sleeping. Our dog Daisy was by my side asking for the occasional ear scratching. It wasn’t unlike a morning I’ve had several times before today and yet this morning was distinctly different. This quiet time I carve out for myself by getting up early to write was different. I felt different and things just seemed different.

I’m not sure exactly why I had this feeling as my routine was the same as it always is on these types of mornings. I wake to the alarm going off at 5 and hit snooze a couple times. When I get up I quietly get dressed and Daisy and I go downstairs to start our day. While I wait for her I grab a coffee mug and sometimes I’ll move a load a wash to the dryer or take something out of the freezer for dinner later. She gets her cookie while I’m waiting on coffee. She then follows me to the office where I get busy posting the blog for the day and writing new content.

Yet today was different. I felt it. The day on the calendar wasn’t special, just a Thursday and I’d be logging into work in a couple hours. As I sat with this feeling looking out my window I slowly started to realize what was going on. I had changed. I had emerged from something and was about to start a new year in my life. My birthday was this coming Sunday and I would be another year older. I hadn’t made plans beyond hanging out at our pool and getting my husband to grill some burgers or steaks. Yet it wasn’t so much what I was going to do that was on my heart but what I had done. The journey I had made to this point. I was reflecting on the long road that had led me to having normal mornings with Daisy drinking coffee and writing blog posts.

Just like others I suppose, my journey contains it’s own stories of pain, sweet memories I hold close and adventures I have taken. My life is far from over but already there are so many things that have occurred all leading to this crossroads I find myself this morning. In my decisions to live more naturally I have come to understand that my ability to see my journey both behind me and what’s head more clearly. I am attuned to my needs and can hear my instincts kicking in to guide me. Growing a little older also gives you that wisdom that you start to form in your own heart and mind. The generational messages floating to you like rites of passage in perfect timing. I get it now. It makes more sense.

We choose every day how much we pay attention to that which goes on around us. The messages from nature and the Universe herself guiding us. It’s so easy for me to float through my morning routine and not realize time has passed, the sun is now up and I need to start work. While I cherish the quiet mornings to create, I realized I needed to let morning speak to me more closely this particular morning. I needed to move my laptop to the porch and let nature write this post. It wasn’t something I could just watch out my window this time. There was a deep calling for me to act, participate in and breathe deeply in knowing who I was and where I was headed in the new year of my life.

When we choose to live naturally, nature’s messages get real strong and loud sometimes. We live naturally when we are in balance to our needs and dreams with where we are now and developing that wisdom on where and how to move next. It is accepting the constant subtle changes we cannot control and rejoicing in them in beautiful wonder as life unfolds. We experience an awakening that prevents us from letting one more morning start without us acknowledging and recognizing nature’s role in our life. It is the active connection to nature as we move throughout our day leaning on her grace to keep us centered, focused, uplifted, motivated and passionate in our pursuits. It is realizing the abundance in our life even when there is challenge, strife, betrayal and hurt. Living naturally is an alignment of body, mind and spirit to the music of nature through it all.