“Everything in nature gravitates towards what best serves it’s growth, and that includes the human race.” – Sonia Choquette
Today we have become more disconnected from the natural world than ever before, yet studies show that many of us feel less depressed after a walk in the country and the sights, sounds and smells of the forest lower cortisol levels, pulse rates and blood pressure. There so many benefits to slowing down and taking the time to really un-wind and connect with the world around you.
Nature self regulates squirrels don’t store MORE nuts than they need, they have enough to get them through the winter. Squirrels like the rest of nature operate a system of sustainability.
It’s time to get in touch with that:
THE ORACLE WALK
Take a few moments to plan a circuit which takes around 20-30 minutes, something that you can readily fit into your day at least once a week, a lunch break would be perfect, and taking a route through a park, a wood, a forest, a country track, is ideal.
Travel alone and in silence. Don’t rush just meander along enjoying the moment, all the while remembering that it is the journey not the destination which counts. Trees, after-all, grow slowly and to the appropriate height according to the nutrient and water supply. No more, no less.
Take internal notes about things you are observing. Let your attention be drawn to whatever takes your fancy. Stop to examine things more closely. Nature suggests that there’s nothing wrong with you. Here there are no mirrors only displays of incredible diversity.
Engage with all your senses. Feel the ground under your feet. Be aware of your own authentic experience. Move from pavement/tarmac to grass/earth. Feel the difference.
Touch the cracks in a rough stone wall, caress the bark of a tree compare that sensation with something smooth like glass or polished wood.
Connect with the source of light. Depending on the time of day notice where the sun or moon is. Be grateful for the warmth the sun brings and the nourishment it bestows on all living things. Thank the moon for waxing and waning and for drawing a curtain on the day, so that sleep may keep us refreshed and re-charged. Surrender control, after all you can’t stop it from raining or delay the sun setting. In cultures striving for more money, more possessions, more power, nature models just enough sustainability with eco systems embodying balance and harmony.
Notice the things that you are drawn to – a stone, small rock, a piece of wood, a leaf, a feather, a flower, the web-worker [a spider]…..
Make a connection and start a communication:
“Hello, please to meet you, do you mind if I pick you up?” Listen for the answer.
“Can I pick you up?”
Listen for the answer – yes or no. If no leave alone and carry on with your walk. Otherwise, continue with something like:
“I’m creating a collage, you’d look nice there.” or “I need pine cones to make my fire smell nice.”
[this or something similar] “Can I take you with me?”
Listen for the answer and remember wishes are to be respected.
If there is an in-animate object that you feel strongly connected to try asking for guidance:
“[Stone], can you help me?”
“I’m trying to figure out if I should sell my house and move. What do you suggest?” [insert your question]
Listen for the answer. [Stones] inanimate objects have wisdom, and unlike mum and dad, your friends, your boss, your loved one, they have no ulterior motive, so invariably a solution from nature will be better. How do you feel? An expansive feeling indicates a positive outcome or outlook. A sinking contracted feeling suggests resistance or that an incorrect conclusion is being reached.
Arrive back at your starting point and take a moment to make a note in your diary or journal about your Oracle (Definition : a divine utterance delivered to man, usually in request for guidance) Walk. What are your feelings and thoughts?