Have you ever thought about how just as you are dealing with something in your life, you find that nature gives you a clue that you had never realized? Or maybe you’ve looked at something in nature and all of a sudden it gives you a hint about a problem you’ve been trying to solve?
Nature truly is a giant classroom
I look to nature a lot when I am able to be out in my garden and I have a few lessons I have been thinking about of late.
All of our toughest life lessons can be learned in nature. We learn about the cycle of life by watching a subtle change in the seasons or when we experience the death of our first pet. We get medicine from the world outside and we also learn to respect its power and intensity.
I start my day in a particular way these days as I try to strike a balance between not feeling well and wanting to explore and expand my world. You can read about my Flower Meditation in more detail as my primary tool for getting my morning off to a good start.
The following are some of the ideas I have where nature teaches me a gentler way of making it through the day through daily lessons from nature.
8 Life Lessons from Nature
- Small things make a big difference: things in nature make incremental changes throughout each day. The most imperceptible difference can seem insignificant if you look at it from a micro-perspective. Change the perspective and look at the changes over the course of a week, a month, or a year and you will see that things can often seem completely different. If you have just joined us on our Month of Gratitutde Challenge, you’ll know that things seem pretty much the same on the first and second day, but as you get going, that subtle shift can spell big change by the end of the month.
- Even our enemies make us better: the most pesky creepy crawlies from my garden can make or break my harvest. Ants make the flowers bloom, they aerate the ground, they get rid of old debris, etc. The bees that we so feared as children are among the most instrumental in bringing us food to our table. The next time you encounter an ‘enemy’ maybe you can think of how they help and what purpose they serve beyond what you see.
- Perspective is everything: I was looking at my lupin plants and admiring the tall stalks just laden with berry-like petals. Suddenly, I swiped away a large bug from around the plant and had the opportunity to see it from above. The flower takes on a totally different look when seen from overhead. I was just having a conversation with a friend the other day and we saw things completely differently. She was convinced that someone was acting from ill-intent, and I suspected they were acting from fear. One perspective poises the observer to act in defense and the other acts in compassion. Nature offers us the opportunity to see so many things from a variety of perspectives.
- Protection is an inside job: nature devises so many ways for plants and creatures to protect themselves. There are venoms, and colouring, to distract and discourage predators. There are sheathings, membranes, and all kinds of materials devised by nature for self-preservation. It got me to thinking that my boundaries, my self-confidence, my self-esteem, and my actions are my way of protecting myself. All these have to be nurtured and provided by my inner self. It made me feel more powerful just thinking of that I have the ability to build these qualities within myself.
- It’s all inside you: I was looking at the tiny beginnings of my strawberry plants and I realized that everything the strawberry needs is in the flower that preceded it. Just like in nature, we, too, have everything we need right inside of us at our disposal. It is very empowering to realize that we have what we need.
- Be patient: nature is very patient indeed. You cannot imagine that the bean plant is telling its seedling to hurry up an grow so it can make a bean. The butterfly does not pester the caterpillar to hurry up and create a chrysalis. Nature works on its own time and it is patient. The right amount of sun, water, air, and nutrients and the tomato will be produced. We can learn a lot about patience by daily walking through nature and observing as it all happens in its due time.
- Take time to regroup: I have to admit this took me a long time to learn this lesson. I spent a lot of time in my life preparing for things and then being disappointed when things fall short or when my ideas were not ready to be brought to light. In nature, a perennial will often come up in the Spring but may offer no flowers. I think of this as regrouping. It knows it’s not ready so it prepares its stalks and roots for next year and tries again. Just like in my post about How I Receive Bad news, there’s nothing wrong with regrouping after a disappointment or when things don’t work out.
- Wonders come every day: if you take the time to look, there are wonders all around you. Practicing gratitude, daily meditations and affirmations, and setting my intentions each day help me to find wonders all around me. I love being out in nature and I am so grateful that I have the time to see them as they come.
Does nature guide you and help you throughout your day? Do you have tips and tricks you use to make your day brighter that take you out in nature? I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what lessons you get from the natural world around you.
I’ve made the helpful graphic to help you remember the 8 Life Lessons from Nature.
I hope my nature observations are SOMETHING WONDERFUL for you today!
Love Ingrid x