Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Nature Muse - For Inspiration

When things are busy, you are feeling frazzled, you don't seem to have any good ideas, you need to be nurtured....

Call on Sapphire Wind - The Nature Muse!


"The healing power of connecting with nature."

Summon Sapphire Wind when: you need a nurturing break from the pace of life, you need to soothe your soul, you need to feel energized, you need to clear your mind, you need inspiration

Sapphire Wind's Hobbies: Doing anything in nature while enjoying the surroundings. Inspiring mortals to do the same. ~ hiking, walking, sitting, backpacking, camping, meditating, creating, sketching, writing, painting, biking, bathing, eating, sleeping, napping, daydreaming, breathing, watching the clouds float by....

Questions to ask yourself:
What one small way can I connect to nature today?

Have I watched a sunrise or sunset recently? Or stopped to smell a flower? Or listened to the birds? Or gazed at a tree?

Can I spend five minutes today on my porch or deck? In my garden? In a park? In a friend's or community garden? at a local botanical center?

Exercises:
~ Walk, hike or sit in a natural area - away from traffic, people and cement. Be there with all of your senses.

~ Plant some seeds and watch the changes over time. Remember death is a part of the cycle life.

~ Walk barefoot on the grass. Go wading in the ocean, a lake or stream. Jump in rain puddles.
~ Play in the snow. Make snow people, snow angels, run, hop, sit, throw it up in the air. Catch snowflakes on your tongue.

~ Sit with a flower and really look at it, see all of the nuances about it... colors, shapes, textures, fragrance ~ be present with it.

~ Spend a day, hour or 5 minutes at the beach listening to the sound of the waves or sitting next to a stream.

~ Act as if you can communicate with a tree/plant/flower/mountain/lake/pond/stream/boulder etc. Sit in front of this natural item of your choice, center yourself by closing your eyes and taking some slow deep breaths. In a heartfelt way, ask it a question. What is the reply? Have a conversation. What does it have to teach you? Maybe keep track of your interaction in your journal.

~ Flow energy with a tree: Imagine energy going down your body into the earth, up the roots of the tree to the top, over to you and back down through the top of your head and down through your body. Repeat a few times. Then reverse the direction for a few times.

~ Journal about any of these experiences or others you may have. Draw, paint, dance or sing your experiences.

Quotes from Mortals:
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~John Muir

Nature heals and gives strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. ~Aristotle

...to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. ~William Blake

Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. ~Anne Frank

Nature is so powerful, so strong. It takes you to a place within yourself. ~Annie Leibovitz

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken. ~Leo Tolstoy


Enjoy!
(C) 2009 Lisa Dieken
P.S. The "outline" for this was taken from the book "Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)" by Jill Badonsky! Thank you Jill.
Lisa Dieken
Creativity, Nature & Soul
*Kaizen-Muse Certified* Creativity Coa
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Shamanic Soul Retrieval & Healing Practitioner
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1 comment:

(creativeoasiscoach) said...

Amazing how your suggestion for something as simple as walking barefoot through the grass made me feel alive and want to go right outside this instant and do just that!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Jill