Make Time For Nature

sunrise, julie boyer, daily gratitude, gratitude projectWe’re in the middle of a heat wave here in Southern Ontario and it can be dangerous to be outside for too long. Getting out and spending some time in nature is one of my core values so it’s important that I find the time daily. Thankfully, I had to be up this morning at 6:30 am to check in for my flight tomorrow (side note: if you’ve ever flown with Southwest, you understand why I had to be up to check in) and once that was taken care of, I headed out for a walk.

Gratitude tip: Find yourself waking up before your alarm? Take a moment to think of three things you are grateful for. And then, instead of going back to sleep, get dressed and head outside to spend a bit of time in nature before starting your day.

 

I’m glad I did! The days are getting shorter and the sun hadn’t quite risen yet. I received the gift of the sunrise, something I haven’t seen in a long time. Such a beautiful site! I’m blessed to live near a park and a small forest, but even if you don’t have that nearby, just getting out to watch the sunrise is enough to energize your day. However, it was already quite hot and a bit difficult to breathe. Kudos to my running friends who are able to run in this weather!

While I am walking, I tend to listen to a spoken audio, whether it be a meditation or a book. I am currently listening to The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale. It’s only about 20 minutes long and it’s something you can listen to daily. It’s what I will listen to on the plane and likely as often as possible during my trip to Salt Lake City. I recommend downloading it via iTunes and listening to it daily for a month.

What are you doing today to spend time in nature? Are you working all day in an office? Perhaps you can sneak out for a few minutes during your lunch break for a quick walk? You may need a change of clothes, however if you’re in this area.

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