Reading Nature

Reading nature allows us to see the roots that sustain and explain everything around us. Tristan Gooley, explorer and author of How to Read Nature: Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You’ve Never Noticed

Having the opportunity to experience  a variety of environments this month…Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Wyoming…I have a heightened awareness of the beauty of nature from literally seashore to mountains.  As I watched a young couple at breakfast who were obviously hikers, I was a bit envious of all the beauty they would see hiking the Cascade Mountains or, perhaps, Yellowstone National Park.

Gooley contends that most people remain oblivious to the nature around them which is sad because  “reading nature is an act that creates joy.” Even if I won’t be hiking this morning (I’m here to learn to be a better author),  I will be observant of the natural beauty around me as I honor nature while creating a bit of joy.

Affirmation: I am awake to nature.

Coaching questions: What helps you engage with nature? What difference does it make in your life?

IMG_2333Flowers along the sidewalk by the brewery where I had dinner last night.

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