One of my favorite ways to recharge is to spend some time in nature. A walk in one of Monmouth or Ocean County’s many beautiful parks has never failed to uplift and restore my spirits, while bringing me insights and inspirations in regards to whatever is on my mind. Walking is a form of moving meditation, which can reconnect you to Spirit & your inner wisdom. Dr. Andrew Weil has discussed that the opposing movement of arms & legs (swinging our arms when we walk) also calms the nervous system.
Long before I was drawn to energy work, I knew something was “going on” outside. The trees, flowers and air all seemed to vibrate, and my heart jumped with delight if I came across a woodland animal or bird. Deepak Chopra advises us to find solace in Nature – it is a simple pleasure and deep Healer available to all of us. Indigenous peoples have long recognized the healing power available in the great outdoors, and have attributed special qualities to Nature and the Creator’s creatures; animals, reptiles, insects and birds are all viewed as totems, or guides, bearing messages and wisdom.
For instance, take the Cardinal. His brilliant red color matches the Root Chakra (the energy center at the base of the spine.) The Root Chakra symbolizes security & connection to the earth. The Cardinal’s message also includes paying attention to our digestion, and this sharp whistling bird can bring us the confidence to speak our truth. Or perhaps you’ve had a stressful day and you come across a ladybug – who asks us to let go of fear and focus on joy. Then a rabbit hops by, symbolizing abundance and making the most of opportunities. You will find that the perfect messenger appears, offering solace and guidance for the situation at hand.
There are websites and books that are fun to explore, detailing the meaning of totems. You can ponder and decipher for yourself the wisdom and meaning of the creatures you come across – whether in the forest, on your way to work, or in the quiet of your own backyard. So remember to spend a little time outside – and pay attention to who visits you! And may you absorb the healing energy Nature so freely gives.