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Discovering Yourself In Nature:
A Spiritual Guide

in nature

By Elliot Caleira

For most people, experiencing nature has a profound effect on their senses as well as an understanding of their inner self. Being in nature can invoke feelings of peacefulness, a sense of calm, and even provide clarity when dealing with life's issues. It’s because of these reactions that many people look to nature when trying to uncover a deeper and more spiritual sense of self. This guide will surely help you open your mind and allow nature to direct you on your spiritual journey.

Committing Your Time and Your Self to Nature
There are two major thieves in our lives that steal our good intentions. Busy lives and a lack of self reflection. Even when we are alone we’re glued to others through social media, texting, and emails. To truly connect with yourself through nature you must commit to nature. Make time to be out in nature and once there, commit to being alone. Only then can you begin to understand and know nature.

Being alone can be uncomfortable because many feel uncomfortable when their minds wander to places they’d rather avoid. Facing these issues is a necessary step on the spiritual path. Using calming techniques is a good way to steer yourself through these uncomfortable moments. Many people find that meditation, using their portable vape box mod, or even sketching the sights around them are good ways to relax and submit to the natural world around them. Once you have submitted you will find that the ramblings of your mind begin to quiet allowing you to approach thoughts and emotions with intention, clarity, and objectivity.

Find Comfort and Be Still
Attempting to create household style comfort in nature defies the purpose of leaving the modern world behind. Instead, focus on bringing minimal items for comfort and safety. Find an area that speaks to you and draws you in. Look for the place that makes you feel safe and peaceful. It is there that you will find the comfort that nature has to offer. Settle in and allow yourself to be still.

The more you move the less likely you are to have a fulfilling spiritual experience. Running and hiking are wonderful ways to be in nature but it’s nearly impossible to connect with nature or yourself on a spiritual level without taking a moment to slow down and reflect. Being still allows you to be present in the moment and to set your intentions.

If you struggle with this, try focusing your thoughts on something around you. It can be a rock, a tree, or even simple cluster of grass. Notice the details, how it’s made, and how it interacts and connects with the earth around it. Before you know it you will not only be comfortable in your stillness, but you will also be more aware and connected to the world around you and your place in it.

Create A Habit, Not A Routine
When you first begin this spiritual journey you may find yourself going to the same place every time, spending the same amount of time, and even thinking about the same things. While using repetition to create the habit of dedicating time and intention to spiritual awakening, do not fall into a routine that limits your experiences.

Once you have mastered the art of quieting the mind and stilling the body, adjust your intentions to discover enlightenment beyond simple awareness of the nature around you. This is a process that can seem painstakingly slow at times but still requires the intention of greater understanding to move forward.

Final Thoughts
Spiritual enlightenment through nature has been the catalyst for some of the greatest minds in history. Buddha sat under a tree to find spiritual enlightenment and famed American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, took to the woods for inspiration and rejuvenation. Nature is a bridge to a spiritual awareness that will connect you more deeply to yourself and the world around you than you ever thought possible.

Elliot Caleira is a freelance writer in the self-mastery and health and wellness spaces. When he's not writing you'll find him cooking or teaching Portuguese classes. Twitter: @elliotcaleira.

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