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Nature Walk: The All Natural Stress Melter
(c) 2002 by Cheryl Williams Levey, http://www.cherylsweb.com
Any exercise helps reduce stress, along with providing a myriad of other benefits. But there's something about walking in nature that also brings a sense of peace and oneness with the universe.
There's also something about simply visualizing that walk in nature if actually doing it isn't possible.
I live in the desert and as a result I take walks in some of the national parks around me. I like going places like Tonto National Forest at the Usery National Park and walking the trails. It's incredible to see the different cactii, desert wildflowers, lizards, and other desert creatures. Sometimes I'm awed by a tree that sounds like it's made of bees! I love it when the saguaro are blooming--they look like royalty, with crowns of flowers. Just thinking about their majestic beauty helps me calm down.
As a desert dweller, there's not much water around here, and if you've read my vision, you know that I love the ocean...to the point of actually NEEDING to spend time looking into the horizon and filling up my senses with the surf. So, we spend many weekends there, but when I need it and can't get there, I just close my eyes and feel the wet sand in between my toes, the surf washing over my feet as I walk along the edge of where water meets land. My ears can only hear the sound of the surf crashing and receding. My nose is filled with the smell of salt and water and seaweed. Eyes and ears feel the ebb and flow of the water, the way it bubbles like champagne as each wave's undertow carries back into the water as another rolls over it. And my worries roll right off my shoulders.
A third type of nature walk I love to take is through the woods. I grew up in a large home in Maryland, my backyard backed up to a wooded area. I spent days on end in the cool of the forest, discovering amazing things that grown-ups tend to ignore. I've always loved examining plants and leaves. The trees provided a canopy from the hot sun and the earth felt cool and damp to the touch. The sound of birds chirping and squirrels scampering always soothes me.
Sure, my concerns still exist, but somehow, things get put into perspective and knowing that everything will work itself out is easier to believe when faced with natural beauty.
So, by now you are undoubtedly wondering what in the world this has to do with business.
It's simple. Nothing. It is healthy to step away once in a while. I'd go as far as to say it is necessary to do so. Get recentered and rebalanced and revitalized. Fresh air and a great view can go a long way toward giving new zeal to your business goals. So, take a nature walk and see how good it makes you feel!
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