Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher and essayist during the 19th century. One of his best-known essays is “Self-Reliance”. I stumbled upon this quote of his: “Adopt the Pace of Nature – Her Secret is Patience.” This intrigued me and I had to take a moment just to ponder!
I’ve always loved being in nature working in my garden planting, pruning, designing, and creating a beautiful space and sanctuary at home. I also love the beach, the ocean, sand and sun (one of the reasons I moved to a tropical climate!)
People call it their “happy place” because we feel more alive and at peace at the ocean! We react favourably to water as it relaxes us, reduces stress and anxiety and increases insight, clarity and creativity. Nature calms us, grounds us, settles and balances us. While acknowledging the constantly changing nature of your life, you look to balance it by giving significant attention to each of the dimensions.
Wellness begins with you, it is a self-responsibility and you are responsible for your health and happiness. The key belief of this writer is that each person could transcend, or move beyond the physical world of senses into deeper spiritual experiences through free will and intuition. Believers understood God and themselves by looking into their own souls and by feeling their own connection to nature.
The Secret to Living a Calm, Sane Life is Being InTune
The author stated that we should: “Adopt patience for the best things take the longest time to come to fruition. Adopt patience and you’ll realize it’s the secret to living a calm, and sane, life.” One thing that comes to my mind about work is that we should be working to live, not living to work. I cannot stress enough that it’s about balance and staying in tune with yourself!
Just like an instrument needs constant tuning after it’s played otherwise it is either flat or sharp and doesn’t sound good. If life is stressful, or work, family or friends are pulling and tugging at you, retreat to a quiet place like nature. Take a few deep breaths, enjoy the view and sit in silence and quiet or put on Zen Music. Think about the things that bring you joy, peace, happiness and GO AFTER THEM! Say yes to these things and make them part of your daily life. You can’t fix everyone and everything.
- Find a quiet place in nature, take some deep breaths and ask yourself what brings you joy, peace and happiness? If you could do anything, what would it be?
- Make a list of those items and begin to add them into your life, organize your thoughts.
- Make time for yourself each day.
- Say NO to DRAMA and people who drain your energy.
- FOCUS on the responsibility you have to yourself in regard to health & wellness.
Peace to you my friends! Stay InTune!