Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...

Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]

Views: 21,998,617

February 1st. 2019 ...

Paganism and Witchcraft in the Media

September 25th. 2018 ...

Understanding the Unseen

August 25th. 2018 ...

A Little Magickal History

Men and the Goddess

Back to Basics Witchcraft: Magical Creativity for Small Living Spaces

Kitchen Magic and Memories

Magic in Daily Life

Why the Faeries?

Cernunnos: The Darkest Wood in the Moon's Light

On Preconceived Pagan/Wiccan Political Affiliations

The Wheel of the Year in Our Daily Lives

La Santa Muerte... The Stigma and the Strength

The Lady on the Stairs

July 26th. 2018 ...

The Importance of Unification: Bringing Together Community Members to Invoke Cohesivity

May 29th. 2018 ...

Wild Mountain Woman: Landscape Goddess

April 20th. 2018 ...

Nazis Made Us Change Our Name

November 15th. 2017 ...


August 31st. 2017 ...

The White Goddess: A Seminal Work in the Neo-Wiccan Movement.

July 31st. 2017 ...

Sin Eaters and Dream Walkers

July 2nd. 2017 ...

On Cursing: Politics and Ethos

A Distant Thunder: Should You Care?

June 1st. 2017 ...

The Sacred Ego in Mediterranean Magical Traditions

April 30th. 2017 ...

Tarot Talk: the Knight of Pentacles

March 30th. 2017 ...

Tarot Talk: the Ace of Swords

January 10th. 2017 ...

The Gray of 'Tween

Becoming a Sacred Dancer

December 9th. 2016 ...

A Child's First Yule

November 10th. 2016 ...

A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities

What I Get from Cooking (And How itís Part of My Path)

On Death and Passing: Compassion Burnout in Healers and Shamans

September 11th. 2016 ...

The Shadow of Disgust

September 3rd. 2016 ...

Natureís Reward

August 12th. 2016 ...

Hungarian Belief in Fairies

Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament

Past Midnight

July 13th. 2016 ...

What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses

Magic With A Flick of my Finger

An Open Mind and Heart

June 13th. 2016 ...

Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia

My Father, My First God

May 15th. 2016 ...

Faery Guided Journey

Working with the Elements

Magical Household Cleaning

April 2nd. 2016 ...

The Fear of Witchcraft

Magic in Sentences

March 28th. 2016 ...

Revisiting The Spiral

Still Practicing

Spring Has Sprung!

January 22nd. 2016 ...

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Community and Perception

December 20th. 2015 ...

Magia y Wicca

October 16th. 2015 ...

Sacred Lands, Sacred Hearts

September 30th. 2015 ...

The Other-Side

August 6th. 2015 ...

Lost - A Pagan Parent's Tale

July 9th. 2015 ...

The Magic of Weather

June 7th. 2015 ...

A Pagan Altar

A Minority of a Minority of a Minority

The Consort: Silent Partner or Hidden in Plain Sight?

May 6th. 2015 ...

13 Keys: The Crown of Kether

March 29th. 2015 ...

A Thread in the Tapestry of Witchcraft

March 1st. 2015 ...

Choosing to Write a Shadow Book

February 1st. 2015 ...

Seeker Advice From a Coven Leader

January 1st. 2015 ...

Manipulation of the Concept of Witchcraft

Pagans All Around Us

Broomstick to the Emerald City

October 20th. 2014 ...

Thoughts on Conjuring Spirits

October 5th. 2014 ...

The History of the Sacred Circle

September 28th. 2014 ...

Creating a Healing Temple

August 31st. 2014 ...

Coven vs. Solitary

August 24th. 2014 ...

The Pagan Cleric

August 17th. 2014 ...

To Know, to Will, to Dare...

August 10th. 2014 ...

As a Pagan, How Do I Represent My Path?

August 3rd. 2014 ...

You Have to Believe We Are Magic...

July 27th. 2014 ...

Did I Just Draw Down the Moon?

July 6th. 2014 ...

The Lore of the Door

Leaves of Love

June 15th. 2014 ...

Becoming Your Own Wise One

June 1st. 2014 ...

13 Keys: The Wisdom of Chokmah

May 25th. 2014 ...

Some Differences Between Priestesses and Witches: Duties and Trials

May 11th. 2014 ...

Breaking the Law of Return

NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.

Article Specs

Article ID: 16000

VoxAcct: 413238

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 1,242

Times Read: 2,077

RSS Views: 7,432
Natureís Reward

Author: Ruby DragonLily
Posted: September 3rd. 2016
Times Viewed: 2,077

In todayís busy world, we all need time to reset our own clocks. It doesnít matter what religion or path you follow, taking time for your own soul is important. Nature is a part of our lives but taking time to appreciate it and tune in to it is what we typically lack. The Internet makes it easy to access all things. You can even order your food online and only leave your couch to answer the door. Is this healthy for us? If you follow an earth-based religion, how are you honoring your beliefs? No matter what religion you follow, by not leaving your electronic devices or the living room, how are you keeping your soul healthy?

We were born out of nature therefore staying connected to nature helps keep us healthy. There are so many ways to stay connected to nature; it doesnít matter if you live in a big city, in an apartment or on acreage. We all stray from our roots at some point in our life. We get busy; we have families and time flies by. I encourage you to take a few minutes each day and think about how you connect to nature. Following an earth based religion really does mean we need to be in nature.

My path to nature has always been there but some days it is thinner than others. Leading a busy life in upper management at a major distribution center takes its toll on any life, but I did figure out a balance. The first steps were to go back to my family roots of cooking from scratch. It meant more to me to eat better food than to stick a frozen item in the oven so I could have more Netflix time. Changes to my daily routine have put me back on a strong path.

Get the family involved in whatís for dinner and eat in the season. Eating in the season is a quick and easy way to start the trip back to nature. When you eat within the seasonís bounty you are eating the food nature has produced and you are eating it unprocessed so it is also as nature intended it to be. Itís okay if you donít have time or space to garden because in todayís world of CSAís, Farmer Markets and fresh produce grocery stores, fresh produce is in abundance. Once you start eating fewer chemicals and more of what nature intended, you will find you feel better and are ready to tackle more of what nature is about. Remember though, keeping it simple in the kitchen will keep you cooking. Donít try to recreate that fancy stuff you see on cooking shows because youíll get frustrated with the money and time you spend.

Now that you have started our reconnection to nature and you feel ready to tackle the world, start making slow changes. For me, it was remembering there is no need to drive around to find that close parking spotÖ the walk in the fresh air was actually refreshing. Why take that elevator when you can sing in the staircase. Donít just kick your dog out to the yard, go out with him and chase him around like you are a kid again. I have some of my best days when my dogs and I act like nut jobs running around the yard.

If the store is just a few blocks away skip the drive, grab a backpack and walk to the store. Itíll feel rewarding when you return home with your bounty. Now a trick Iím going to throw in is while you are doing these new little things, donít look at your phone or tablet at all. Let it buzz, turn it to silent and ignore it while you are working on you. It is okay if you donít respond to something immediately. Of all the text and calls you take in a day, how many are real emergencies?

Take in what is going on around you and not only listen to the sounds but also focus on tuning in to beyond the cars, people and noises. For my family, once dinner starts the phones are actually turned off and not turned back on again until the next morning. Now donít get me wrong: if a loved one is sick or one of us is not home, the phone stays on but if we are all home and it is a normal day there is no harm in not being available. I also have all notifications for social media turned off on my phone so even if my phone is on, basically all I am getting are text and calls. Turning all these notifications off was another way for me to reset my soul. It also allowed some silence so I could tune in with my surroundings.

Now for the biggest step of getting back to nature: do something outside amongst the grass and trees. Go for a walk or a hike. Find a local forest area or a trail that leads outside of town. Go for a swim in a stream or pond. Find a state park with trails for bike riding or hiking. Start spending time amongst nature. This is your biggest reward for nurturing your own soul. After all, we do follow earth-based religions -- ¨¨and to be earth-based -- you need to get back to nature. Following our path needs to be more than just a ritual on a sabbat or esbat. You can go through the motions but unless you retune your soul into nature, do you really understand your path?

My daily routine now when I get off from a 9 to 10 hr shift is to throw a stick for the dogs or chase them for at least 10 minutes and sometimes up to an hour, make dinner (from scratch ingredients) and by then it is almost time for my husband to get home from work, I leave the food in the oven to stay warm and I walk to our gate and open it for him, then once he gets out of the car we usually walk around and talk to the dogs and kitties and sometimes walk around for a while just talking about the day. We then make our way to settle in for supper and a good show, with our phones off. Before bed some nights, we wonder back outside just to take in the fresh air a little longer and then go to bed. This makes doing ritual that much more rewarding because we stay in tune to nature and what it has to offer.

I follow the old ways of an earth-based path and wouldnít trade it for anything. I stay more grounded, feel healthier and it follows me through in everything I do.

Bright Blessings
Ruby DragonLily


Ruby DragonLily

Location: southeast, Nebraska


Author's Profile: To learn more about Ruby DragonLily - Click HERE

Other Articles: Ruby DragonLily has posted 3 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE

Email Ruby DragonLily... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Ruby DragonLily ...

Pagan Essays

Pagan Web
8,000 Links

Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.

80,000 Profiles

Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops

Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2020 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Witches, Pagans
of The World

Search Articles

 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide

NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).