"Nature walks can teach us a lot about our own wellness practices - there is a mentor and a measure always available for us to learn from. Nature shows us there is immense natural beauty to be discovered, wonderful harmony to be experienced, and fascinating discoveries to be unveiled."
While it sounds so simple, nature walks bring me so much joy. Maybe it’s the marriage between two things that I hold very dear - movement and nature. Often when I go on nature walks, whether in an urban environment or in a naturescape, my eyes are drawn to contrast. I also recognize that all of my senses become engaged. I see clearer, hear better, feel differently, taste deeper and smell joyfully.
Nature walks can teach us a lot about our own wellness practices. I find that in nature, there is a mentor and a measure always available for us to learn from. In particular, I think that nature shows us there is immense natural beauty to be discovered, wonderful harmony to be experienced, and fascinating discoveries to be unveiled.
From the green budding leaves to the whistling of the wind sifting through the palm tree dances, to the little bunny hopping along the forest floor. Beauty, in its most organic form, yet also curated by us, is everywhere. The extravagant and simple personal expressions found in landscape design also brings this point home.
Our wellness practices can be rooted in this truth. That your skin, in all of your flaws and imperfections, are a carrier of natural beauty which each of us get to behold when in your presence. Beauty can be discovered, it can be preserved, it can be enhanced, just like we find in nature. Your skincare routine is an extension of the mission of beauty found in yourself. Yet we must first recognize it is already there, because beauty is found in you just being who you are.
A Wonderful Harmony
On my nature walks, I become aware of the unassuming harmony between living things. From the rhythms to the relationships between plants and animals. From death to life back to death again in the changing seasons. From the weather patterns and soil conditions to the weeding and cultivating of humans to gardens and farms. Harmony is like singing, complimenting your partner and community, finding your place in the grand masterpiece of life.
This harmony can also exist in our skincare rituals and practices. Think about the ingredient mix of your favorite products. How do they harmonize with your skin?
Toner helps balance the ph levels in the skin wrapping our faces, preparing the surface to receive moisturizer for the day. And beyond ingredients, what is the harmony between the money you spend on skincare and the values you live by? Find the right rhythm, the true rhythm for you is within this relationship as well.
A Beautiful Discovery
On these nature walks I take, the little brown girl inside of me never can quite get enough of the adventure and discoveries found in the creatures and life and scents and wonder. I particularly love the forest walks because I see a myriad of mushrooms and little alcoves where rodents and snakes make their homes. It’s the discovery that makes each nature walk unique and stand on its own.
Our wellness is also a journey. An unpacking of learning your body, your skin type. When I think of aging, i think that it too is a process of discovery, as our bodies adapt to the ebb and flow of wonders and challenges in life.
I encourage you to take a nature walk, notice the beauty, witness the harmony and enjoy the discovery of life, its relationships and expressions of love found everywhere.