This weekend I went for a “hike” the Santa Monica mountains.
You could call it a soul stroll.
I’ve lived in New York City for 15 years and love my city. But nature is my spiritual practice.
It’s where I feel connected, supported, and most alive.
Walking along the rainy path, no other humans around, smelling the intoxicating dampness of Eucalyptus leaves, feeling the gravity of the earth, hearing the birds talk to each other, watching the mist rise and melt away from the hills, tears began streaming down my cheeks.
Walking, quietly, no distractions, and just being.
How often do we get to do that?
We humans are physical and emotional creatures. We are built this way.
Sadly, most of us grow up to think our bodies, our physical desires, and our emotions are “wrong,” or out of whack, or just, “too much.”
We all need time to move, and feel. When we allow emotions to move through us, especially as we move our bodies, a healing release can rise up and allow us to love ourselves.
On this walk, I got a bone-deep feeling that I’m enough. Just enough. That nature is perfect, and allows for the ebb and flow of our energy and emotions.
I got that we all need time to heal, that we all deserve whatever cravings are coming up for us.
Cravings for time, quiet, food, physical enjoyment, contemplation, rest. It’s all inherently good. And so are we.
I came upon this path marker:
The trails were mostly closed to allow for nature to do her work of healing the ground, and I marveled at the wisdom of Mother Nature and the parks employees.
She needs quiet rest to heal. It’s winter here in the USA, after all. This time of year has us all turning inward, feeling into our roots, and nature mirrors that need in us.
Sometimes we all need quiet rest, closing down, and stillness to allow the miracle of nature to do her work.
You deserve it, that quiet, contemplative time alone, if you want it. Either in a church or on a nature trail.
There is healing there for you, and it’s valid to want it.
I want to hear from you in the comments below – are you a “spiritual mover” like me? Do you consider yourself divinely connected and directed? How do you honor that?
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