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Time in nature to fill my soul! — suzanne-mcrae.com

Time in nature to fill my soul!

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.

Mystic Mamma October 2013

Click on image to go and read the Theme for October 2013.

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… Time in nature

Time in nature

Time in nature

Time in nature

Time in nature

15 years ago we had an ice storm that left many trees damaged. Click on image to and read that blog post.

Time in nature

Time in nature

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.

Time in nature

Some light shining through… the leaves turning colours and already beginning to fall.

Time in nature

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.

Time in nature

Even a little leaf, new growth amidst nature getting ready to rest and go to sleep for winter in a few months.

Time in nature

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.

Time in nature

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.

Please share with us what fills your soul. What ways re-energize you and give you life? We would love to have you leave a comment.

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  1. Good for you! Nothing like the peace and calmness of morning while everything is still and everybody is still sleeping. Nature is so therapeutic. Great photos!

  2. Dawn Conery says:

    What a wonderful post Suzanne!

    Thank you so much for it. I too saw a Tree Meditation this morning and today we went for a drive leaf peeping to Moosehead Lake Region in Maine. Beautiful 70 degree sunshiney fall day. I found myself longing to get out and walk into the forests to listen and experience them but I didn’t. Returning to camp hours later, I found the experience right off our front porch, under the pine trees, birches and swamp maples beside the lake. I love that we both longed for the same nature tonic today. Your pictures said it all.

  3. Congrats on following the signs that led you to what your soul needed. And thank you for taking us along. I so enjoyed getting lost but mostly found in your forest this morning! ♥
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  4. Suzanne, your experience walking through the forest was amazing! Your wonderful photography made it such a visual delight! I could almost imagine little fairies with huge grins peering out at you as you made your way past them. I loved the part that you were so engrossed with your excursion that you lost almost all sense of direction. Your were in the moment and enjoying it so much! Awesome!!! ♥

  5. Suzanne, thank you so much for the gorgeous trip through the forest. We have some woods behind our house, and the past couple of days, they have been calling to me. Definitely coming to get back there with my camera. It seems that there is something in October that calls for change, for evaluating and for shedding. Thank you for sharing a part of your journey.
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  6. It’s so great to hear so many of you also enjoying nature and quiet time. We need to do more of what calls us to go and explore. Thank you for dropping by to read my blog post. 🙂
    Suzanne McRae recently posted..Time in nature to fill my soul!My Profile

  7. This is so COOL, Suzanne….isn’t it amazing how your prayers were answered
    and just outside your own back yard. I love that! Just love it.
    Thanks for mentioning me and my work…..makes me smile to my toes:)
    But especially because I love the path you’re taking,
    your own journey that is dazzling and bright and beautiful
    and the forest you’ve always owned speaks to me even stronger
    that the place we’re hungry for
    is right inside our own true hearts.
    Wow. Just wow.
    Big thanks for this wonderful share,
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  8. Synchronicity at its best! I just love when we tune into our path as messages collide to guide us. Good for you for knowing to listen.
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  9. I’ve given you The Sunshine Award, Suzanne. Congrats! http://www.poeticaperture.com/2013/10/11/spreading-a-bit-of-sunshine/
    Naomi recently posted..Spreading a bit of sunshineMy Profile

  10. I don’t know how I missed this post. I choked up a bit when I read it. SO glad you discovered the forest behind your house. When I was in high school, we had a forest behind our house and I walked through it nearly every day. It was my special place and it got me through some rough years. I so love the woods. Thank you for including me and for making it real. You are so sweet.
    Amy Putkonen recently posted..Scattered Life Collective: Oct 18thMy Profile

    • Loved hearing about the forest that you got to spend some time with when things were rough for you when you were younger. I appreciate so much the synchronicity that you brought that morning that helped make the forest adventure even a possibility for me. Thank you! 🙂

  11. I love it! (especially on a day in December when the outdoors isn’t quite as open to visitors:) Thank you for the peaceful moment.


  12. how gorgeous that you’d never explored this forest in your back yard… and what a beautiful metaphor for life (for all of us!) 🙂

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