How Nature Inspires My Life

Yoga in the forest, that's one for the bucket list!

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Something has been growing in me these last few months.  It’s the urge to be in nature, especially old growth forests and moving water.  This is an unexpected and new feeling considering I’ve never been the super outdoorsy type.  Although I grew up in Santa Cruz County, a town known for it’s old redwood forests and outdoor sports, I preferred relaxing at the mall.  

Even as a day camp leader during college summers, I preferred field trips to playgrounds and local businesses, always remembering my own childhood days bored on camp hikes.  Getting a tan outside as a teen was the extent of outdoor enjoyment.  Just being outside for fun wasn't even a consideration or thought to me.  I started A Circle Home purely for my love of making things, but this journey has evolved into a spiritual quest that nature seemingly guides.

Allowing nature in

Last week I was camping in Yosemite, and I unwittingly planned to brainstorm blog topics and map out upholstery ideas.  I hoped to resist the lull to relax, disconnect, and take advantage of the absent wi-fi at the campsite.  I anticipated quiet time so I could catch up on work and strategize future goals….. but I didn’t.  

Things I found in the forest. Gorgeous texture, lively colors, and all natural art.

Instead, I let go.  I enjoyed the time with my husband, walked our dogs to the river, gazed at gleaming stars in black skies, woke up feeling actually rested, cooked eggs for breakfast, and explored the creek right next to our perfect camp site.  I never knew what time it was and it didn’t matter anyways.  

My time and mind were free to wander, to absorb the energy and inspiration that emanates from the giant trees and mountains.  I noticed the hum of thousands of trees swaying in the breeze sounds similar to the murmur of distant ocean waves.  For the first time in my life, I understood the meaning ‘to be still’ and tranquil peace—a commonly desired mental state similar to the deep joy of creativity.  

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Mister Critter left his pine cone on the rocks, returned an hour later, and then ate it completely.

 
 

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived

        — Henry David Thoreau[1], Walden[2], "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”

 

 

Life in the woods

When I read Walden in highschool, I could not understand how anyone could be sooooo elated by quiet walks around a pond.  It’s likely the same reason why my mom loves road trips so that she can watch the scenery pass by for never ending hours.  After this particular trip to Yosemite, I have a deeper empathy for nature’s offerings and how they fulfill my need for consistent creative connectedness and inner peace.  

Everyone can benefit from feeling relaxed and happy in nature which also makes for better life decisions.  For me, being connected to nature allows the mind to ease into the higher state of intuition and allow the flow of artistic ideas.

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That bug was such a pill! Hahahahaaaa!

The blooming of blessings

Now that I’m back in the pulsating city-my sweet Los Angeles-I hope to easily reconnect with that same inner ‘stillness’ I experienced in Yosemite.  That’s the true test.  Knowing myself well enough to go to that happy place anytime: a glowing vision of a wide creek rambling under a thick tree canopy.  I have learned so much about myself in this journey with A Circle Home, and even more thankful for the opportunity to pursue a creative lifestyle.  Green upholstery is not just a job, it’s everything I believe in about life and our precious earth, and I hope to share it with you.  XO~

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