I am finding I have a strong draw towards nature lately; particularly with connecting to the messages found there. As part of each day I have been encouraged to spend some quiet reflection time in nature and to listen to what shows up.
Today I watched a squirrel as he was eating. Scurrying around, up trees, down trees, preparing, I assume for winter which is on the horizon. I wondered what message there was in that for me. And so I asked myself "What am I doing to prepare for winter?"
I am at the start of a ten month course that takes me away from home three more times in coming months. I am building a new business. I am growing a family. The questions that arouse for me were: What relationships do I need to nurture and put extra effort in to? What do I need to do for my body to remain healthy and strong? Where do I need to pack away resources? Where do I need to ask for help?
As I reflected quietly it became apparent that there is so much power in listening and hearing the answers that are provided for us rather than plowing our way through life missing what is right in front of our faces scurrying around waiting for us to notice. Nature is not only beautiful, it's quite insightful too!
I spent last weekend cleaning clutter out of my house, starting with the basement and ending in my daughter's room. Phew! Why do we gather so much stuff and better yet, why do we hang on to it?
This process made me think about clutter in our lives. Things we collect and hang on to for various reasons. Stuff that bog us down and make it harder and harder to move through each day. Cluttering up our lives are things like commitments, old beliefs, relationships and jobs. These things make it hard to learn, grow, and become all we can be when they block our vision towards what is possible. It's like my garden. When there are so many weed around the flowers, there is no room for them to grow and stretch out. The weeds are sucking up the much needed sunshine and nutrients and my flowers get choked out.
For me, decluttering my life is about reducing hours at my old job which will allow me more time to build my coaching practice. It's about finishing Certification and taking away the old belief that I am learning to be a Coach and replacing it with the knowledge that I am a Coach. It's about having time to nurture relationships that will be valuable in building my practice and other relationships that will be valuable in filling my heart.
The view ahead is much clearer and open.
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