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Natureís Reward

Author: Ruby DragonLily
Posted: September 3rd. 2016
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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




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