I woke up this morning visualizing a forest where I was walking and was feeling energized by the sights that surrounded me. All I could think of was how heavenly that would be to experience for real… and anytime soon would be welcomed. My life has hectic lately and a bit of self-care like walking in a forest would be welcomed. I went to bed last night asking in my prayers that I be shown what I needed to do to restore my energy and that I be brought to it with ease. A few things lately helped line that up for me I feel.
When I woke up this morning I saw that an online friend had emailed me, before she signed off she told me to go and check her latest blog post on Tree Meditation. Her blog post confirmed that I could not ignore the visualization that I had that was so clear and that was for me to head to the forest somewhere.
Another online friend Jennifer, when I think of her I sense that we are in a similar place in life. She decided to blog every day this past August and her topic was “coming home to myself ” … a season to rest from the overwhelm that her life had become. I still haven’t had a chance to go and read each one of her posts, but those that I did read were inspiring, uplifting and moving to say the least. In September she photographed every evening the most beautiful sunsets… and then shared those images along with her inspiring words about her experiences. You can find Jennifer’s work at Ripplespeak.
All these connections that I have felt… then last evening I saw a blog post from Mystic Mamma and without having read it right away, but just by seeing the image I knew that this was a message for me. I could feel my body needing to reconnect to mother earth, and to nature’s energy like the woman in the image below… which I felt was me. Mystic Mamma tells us that October will be a time to turn off, let go, dissolve, allow things to fall apart that no longer serve us. A month to re-boot, rest, flip the switch on to the things I want most, reconstruct, solidify, reset and refocus on my life. That pretty much describes what I need right now and I feel that she wrote this post just for me.
So all these women, their words, photos and messages somehow have had a rippling effect on me that led me to have an energizing experience this morning.
When I woke up to that visualization and wondered where this would take place for me… I forgot that we have a forest right behind our home less than 100 feet away, it’s ours, all part of the property that we own. We have lived here over 28 years, yet I have never gone further than probably 20 feet into the forest if that. I’ve never had the intense need like I did this morning to go out and explore and just be silent for a few minutes and all by myself. I set out early this morning still in my pyjamas with a warm sweater and my rubber boots and camera in tow. Not what I would consider an attire to go walking in the woods but I was comfortable. All was quiet at home everyone was still asleep and the dog was not within my view so I knew that I could swing some alone time, unnoticed.
So come with me, I will take you back on the walk through our forest where I went exploring this morning…
I reached a fence in the forest. Was it the end of our property? I wasn’t sure but saw it as a sign to turn around and start walking back towards home.
Some light shining through… the leaves turning colours and already beginning to fall.
They look like wild blueberries maybe. They popped right out at me as I was walking through the earth tone colours in the forest… the blue, very small yet caught my immediate attention. It’s amazing when we silence our mind how much we can see.
Even a little leaf, new growth amidst nature getting ready to rest and go to sleep for winter in a few months.
Wild ferns, I always see a lot of these at the entrance to the forest every summer. I wish that my green thumb was as good as mother nature. I’d love to have a fern in our home.
This middle tree reminded me of shedding any unnecessary baggage I might be carrying. Maybe there’s a way for me to shed what no longer is needed. One such experience has taken place the past 101 days where I have shed the extra weight that I had carried. It’s now time to focus on other levels of my being and do the same for other layers where I might have carried unnecessary baggage for long enough. I would love to be able to travel more lightly.
As I began walking back towards home, I got closer to the entrance of what I thought was our back yard. A few moments of panic set in as I thought who’s house is this? It’s not ours. I didn’t recognize it through the branches. It also wasn’t our neighbour to one side of our home. Oh no… it wasn’t the other neighbour either. I couldn’t recognize the house simply because, well I don’t hang out in my neighbours backyards. Then it dawned on me that I had navigated away from our property by quite a bit. I was a few properties away from home. I had visions of having to go across their lawn to get to the road so I could find my way back home… not what I wanted to do very badly. As quietly as I could, I began walking back into the forest hoping I had not made my presence known to them. I was laughing by the time I reached our home, thinking I should have asked my parents for their GPS to go on this excursion. My husband would tell you that I don’t have a great sense of direction (and he’s right) and that I’m not very good at reading a map (and he’d be right again), and that yes a GPS would have been a great idea for me to bring along. Next time I plan on leaving a note on the counter telling my family where I am should they need to come looking for me if I don’t return for a while.
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