It's that time of year again!
When the veil thins between this world and the next... offering us the gift of more easily sending our love to our friends and family who have died in this place and reborn in that other place.
While many cultures have rich customs for ancestral honoring, If you grew up orphaned from your motherland and the culture that shaped your ancestors, you may be starving for this type of soul nourishment.
Below are some ideas that anyone can explore as ways to reach out and offer gratitude and adoration.
Whatever you choose to do, make it authentic and intentional.
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As we wrapped up our spring Sacred Nature course, students were surprised at how deeply they could connect with nature right in their backyard.
I get it!
There’s an assumption floating around that in order to have heart-swelling, spiritually orgasmic experiences outside, one must wander out into the vast wilderness, hiking miles a day, surviving on dirt and drinking dew on blades of grass.
While I won’t deny I’ve had miraculous moments far away from civilization, my most meaningful experiences happened right in my suburban garden.
This is made possible because of consistency—you’re more likely to develop a familial relationship with a patch of Earth you visit every day, than with a place you only visit once in a lifetime.
Think about it this way...
Did you know...
According to a recent study, The Nature of Americans, 75% of American adults said their interests in nature are among the most enjoyable things they do.
But in the same study, over 60% of those same adults reported spending five or fewer hours per week outside in nature.
That’s about 42 minutes a day doing their most enjoyable thing.
(💔 This makes my heart so sad)
Most of the 5,550 adults participating in the study from across the United States also were aware that exposure to nature is important to their physical and mental health, as well as fostering important community connections.
✔️ nature makes them happy
✔️ nature makes them healthy
🤔 But they’re only spending 3% of their day outside.