While still other benefits of a consistent nature practice science has named, but I’ve not yet tested them on myself, include a boosted immune system, increased pain threshold, and faster healing.
But one key feature that's caught me off guard is a feeling of time being elastic. My perception often morphing like a slow motion scene in a Rom-Com when two lovers are reuniting after a series of misunderstandings.
I’m not kidding.
Sometimes when I'm outside deep in conversation with the land, time distorts. In this space, I can exhale- truly and deeply, release.
Let go of my muscles holding my shoulders up near my ears.
Let go of shoulds, have-to’s, and wildly unrealistic expectations.
Let go of the endless doing.
And while those moment’s may in actuality be brief, they feel like an eternity.
The gift of this?
It gives my body a touchstone to reach for when the stress of ALL THE THINGS gets to be too much.
Because if I can achieve that state of cathartic timelessness once, I can do it again. I just have to remember my way there. I don’t always have the ability to run outside in the moment, but those experiences are within me. To get there I close my eyes, recall the most recent moment, time stood still, and I can feel my body exhale again. It’s not a substitute for continual nature connection, but it provides immediate relief..
When was the last time you experienced timelessness?
Can you create space for potential opportunities this weekend?
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When the constant pursuit to do more leads to overwhelm and anxiety, it’s easy to find yourself feeling disconnected, exhausted, and paralyzed in indecision. For over 15 years, Lynn has been mentoring people through a nature-oriented framework that allows them to reclaim a sense of connection, peace, and purpose.