October 2019 Newsletter
Hello, and an outstanding October to you!
Are you letting Nature nourish you?
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Today's issue is about feeding your energy by being in Nature.
This time of year in lower NY state where I live, the leaves are
getting crispy and the nights are getting chilly. We can't take
the warm pleasant days for granted any longer, being able to just
walk out the door in bare feet and no jacket. I am most relaxed during
the warmer months when I can keep the windows open all day, looking
out at the grass and trees and hearing the birdsong even when I'm hard
at work on the computer. This calms me and centers me, seeming to
make everything easier.
The view above of the Hudson River is from a train trip I took in early October a
few years ago. Even if it's not sunshine and abundant greenery, which is probably my
favorite type of Nature scene, I'd rather look at the river and clouds
and hills a few miles away than at buildings and traffic. Nature feels
restful and energizing to me at the same time. This isn't frantic energy like I'd
get from too much caffeine. Instead it's fuel which helps me be more peacefully productive.
In the warmer months I find excuses to walk outside many times a day,
even if only for just a few minutes. When I can look out on my front lawn
which I just mowed, sending it appreciation, this lifts my spirits. In the winter
it's not as easy for me to connect with Nature, and I'm tempted to
stay indoors rather than bundle up and venture out in the chill. Yet when I
do, I always come back inside with renewed energy and often new insights.
Several deer live in the woods down behind my house, though I seldom see them in the
summer. When the weather is colder, especially when it snows, they sometimes venture up
from the woods, looking for shrubbery to nibble on. Last winter this one surprised
me she was so close, and what a great example of being at home in Nature in all seasons!
You know the deer are accepting of whatever the weather is, not fighting it or
resenting it and wishing it was different.
Thinking more about the deer and their quiet way of being with What Is, this is a
model for me in more ways than with the weather. Many wisdom teachers have tied
suffering to resisting what is happening in the moment. "Pain is inevitable, but suffering
is optional", they say. One of my outdoorsy friends said years ago that there's no
such thing as inclement weather, just inadequate clothing! With that attitude, the cold
or ice and snow can be seen as invigorating rather than hostile.
Sometimes just looking out the window, whatever the season, feeds my attitude.
When gazing at any Nature scene, I imagine I'm out in the middle of it. I think
about my ancestors generations ago who lived most of their lives outdoors. Animals
have no shelter except what they dig or build with their paws or claws, and only the protection
of their fur or feathers against the cold and wet. And animals don't seem to get stressed and unhappy unless
they're in captivity, so maybe it's the same for us. Give yourself a healthy dose of Vitamin N
(for Nature) today -- it's sure to lift your spirits.
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Enjoy the start of this glorious month of your October.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!