Your Environment: Why, What’s the Point?

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Yes, yes, yes…we’ve all heard about the health and well-being benefits of spending time in Mother Nature: lowers stress which lowers blood pressure and stress hormones, promotes well-being because communing with Mother Nature stimulates the production of endorphins and the like. We sleep better, feel better, look better, and behave better.

But, what’s the point? How is this going to help you craft a soul-prospering life?

When your healthy and you feel good about yourself, you tend to be more positive, optimistic, and resilient. This increases your self esteem and confidence, which directly supports your creativity.

It’s through self esteem, confidence, and creativity that provides the fertile ground for your dreams to be nurtured and grow, eventually taking flight and bringing you along with them.

But what if it’s just too difficult for you to take a few moments to gaze out your window, much less step outside? And forget about spending an hour or an afternoon in Nature?!

No worries!

Have fresh flowers or a live plant in your home and office can help. Spending a few moments looking at the plant or flowers can boost your well-being.

But what if you have a black thumb or you don’t have extra in the budget for flowers or a plant?

No worries!

Researchers have shown people can still reduce stress and increase concentration and effectiveness by looking at pictures of nature as well as watching nature videos and documentaries.

There are many ways for you to enjoy the benefits of Mother Nature. Which ones will you choose for yourself? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Tomorrow we’ll talk about Your Environment: Home Sweet Home and Whistle While You Work!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Your Environment: Get Outside!

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No matter what the weather is where you are–cold, rainy, foggy, hot, muggy, or picture-perfect–get outside today!

Get outside ESPECIALLY to meditate-sit in silence-pray-contemplate.

There is something very simple, very peaceful, and very profound about sitting outside. Many studies have proven the health and well-being benefits of getting outside and reconnecting with Mother Nature.

You don’t have to do anything big or spectacular to get the benefits. No need to move to the country so you can live off the land. You can still get the benefits by sitting on your fire escape in the middle of the city and noticing and absorbing the birds and other animals, the sky, the weather conditions that day.

Make this a regular part of your week, and, if possible, figure out a way to spend a few minutes every day outside contemplating natural world around you.

Oh; leave the electronics at home.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Other People: How to “Get Over It”

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Wouldst make thy life go fair and square?
Thou must not for the past feel care;
Whatever thy loss, thou must not mourn;
Must ever act as if new-born.
What each day wants of thee, that ask;
What each day tells thee, that make thy task;
With pride thine own performance viewing,
With heart to admire another’s doing;
Above all, hate no human being,
And all the future leave to the All-Seeing.

Goethe.

 

 

We know we need to let go, to forgive; most of all we know we need to move on.

But how?

How do we do that when the injustice, the hurt, the humiliation, the pain, the loss is still so fresh and sharp, even though the original incident happened years ago?

The best, most effective way is to stop looking at the past and the thing that happened. Instead, look to the future.

But what if we can’t tear your focus away from the past; what if the future has no joy or hope?

The solution is to build a better image of the future, something we can look forward to. If we can’t do this then that means we’ve built up a much stronger, more compelling image of the past than we have of the future.

Focus on you. Focus on where you are headed. Focus on your dreams. If this is too much and you can’t do it, then focus on the next best step you can take in the next moment, the next hour, the next part of the day. Keep focusing on this–taking the next best step. Focus on it minute by minute.

Be relentless about this focus and you will find one day that you have dropped the heavy baggage from the past–the injustices and insults, the hurts and humiliations, the pain and pessimism.

Give it a try and let me know how it’s working out for you. You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren