My day started off on a sour note.
I didn’t sleep as soundly as usual; my dreams were stressful; and my first thoughts upon waking were focused on the greater problems of the world: global warming, gun violence, and the continued debates over our nation’s social political landscape.
I could immediately tell I’d been watching TV the previous day.
I haven’t watched much TV since the 90’s, but as a diehard NFL fan, watching cable TV is the price I pay to enjoy a good football game on a Sunday afternoon. It’s the commercials and media updates that cause me problems.
Despite my cloudy awakening, I took my usual morning walk. As I strolled down our rural road, I noticed how fall was kicking in. I observed the changing colors in the leaves, felt the coolness of the autumn air, and thought about how summer was dying right before my eyes. It felt more grim than great.
Then something caught my eye—a beautiful yellow flower among the dead leaves on the side of the road. Ah, new life! I was quickly reminded that even though fall represented dying, it also meant new life. Suddenly the problems of the world didn’t matter so much.
I was aware that Mother Nature always shows herself to us—if we’re paying attention—and that she cycles through a continuous process of birth, death, and renewal. It’s all in perfect balance.
In that moment, I was reminded that we, like nature, are also naturally balanced. Our inner being is always experiencing balance, happiness, and well-being at all times—whether or not we are paying attention to it.
Feeling despair and hopelessness makes us feel disconnected from our natural balance. When we soften our stance, step back from our lives, and realign with our inner being, we can feel balance again.
Balance is our natural state.
Need some relief? Re-experience balance by looking at nature:
Once we understand that nature constantly gives us clues and leads us toward the natural balance within us, we can breathe, relax, and move back into balance more quickly and easily.
The next time you’re having a down day, try taking a walk outside. Look at the flowers. Smell the air. Listen to the wind in the trees. Experience the perfect harmony that nature has to offer, and remember that you are also a part of it all. You can do this anytime, and it’s free.
So what are you waiting for?
Learn more about finding your natural balance in Balancing Work, Relationships & Life in Three Simple Steps, or another book in Michael’s collection at michaelcreative.com/books
Image: The yellow flower that provided the inspiration for this blog. Thank you, Mother Nature.
Originally published at michaelcreative.com