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Daily Shift: Retreat to the Natural World

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When your world feels overwhelming, the natural world will shift you into ease and peace. Whether you're contemplating a sunset or a stream, the clouds or cascading waves, nature heals, comforts and enlightens.

There's plenty of science to back up the benefits of nature's healing powers, but why it works isn't so important. Nature has its own language, you only need to immerse yourself in it and listen. The natural world invokes presence and peace.

The beauty of the natural world also offers you an opportunity to change your pace and perspective. When you walk in nature, your body recalibrates to the deeper rhythms of Life. Your thinking, walking and breathing change to match those of the environment around you.

Today, find time to reconnect with the natural world…

  • Go for a stroll in your local park
  • Treat yourself to a wilderness hike
  • Visit a lake, the ocean, or your local body of water, and watch the movement of the water
  • Step outside and listen to the birds chirping in the trees and the swirling of the leaves
  • Greet the trees on your street as you walk past

An ongoing, conscious connection to nature is a powerful antidote for the stress created by BIG Shifts. Nature will help you regenerate, restore, come into balance, and gain clarity. You'll return to your world renewed in body, mind and soul!

What's your favorite way of reconnecting with nature? Please post below.

Daily Shift: Go on an Artist Date

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One of my most creative periods was during the 80's when I discovered Julia Cameron's book, The Artist Way. It changed my life. I lived in New York City at that time and it was a cornucopia of daily adventures. I'd go sightseeing every day. Visit museums, parks, landmarks. Go exploring in Little Italy, Spanish Harlem and Brooklyn Heights. It was one of the most exciting times of my life and it was all in my back yard.

An Artist Date is a way of ‘wooing your consciousness.' It moves you into the play of creativity, instead of the work of creativity. Julia Cameron calls it drawing on your inner well vs fishing in your inner well. It's a way to refill your consciousness.

Watch Julia Cameron's short video on the Artist Date.

Today, go on an Artist Date. Make it a weekly practice. It will change your life!

Make sure to tell us where you'll go on your Artist Date today, or check back in and update us when you do.

Daily Shift: Listen to Music That Moves You

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Music can be one of the quickest ways to create a shift of being. Remember the last time you listened to music that moved you. How did it feel in your body? What happened to your thoughts and your mood? It's instantly transformative, right?

We all respond to music innately, it's in our DNA. Music is a universal language and we are hard-wired to appreciate it. Did you know that music also has plenty of surprising benefits? Music amps up your happiness and brings us together. It also has physiological effects: it reduces heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety. Music actually changes your brain.

What kind of music works? It's a very individual choice. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another, so follow your own guidance and taste.

Here are two tunes that I play every day:

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Words spoken by Soygal Rinpoche inspired by a poem by Nyoshul Ken Rinpoche set to music written and performed by Richard Page.

Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind,
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thoughts
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.
Rest in natural great peace.

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The Vietnamese Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, invites the bell to sound with these words:

May the sound of the bell penetrate deep into the cosmos. Even in the darkest spots living beings are able to hear it clearly. So that all suffering in them cease. Understanding comes to their heart, and they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal dharma door is already open; the sound of the rising tide is already heard clearly. The miracle happens. A beautiful child appears in the heart of the lotus flower. One single drop of this compassionate water is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.

Listening to the bell I feel the afflictions in me dissolve. My mind is calm, my body relaxed. A smile is born on my lips. Following the sound of the bell, my breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness. In the garden of my heart, the flowers of peace bloom beautifully.

Here are two playlists that I created during my BIG Shifts that are particularly soothing for trying times:

Serene Sounds Playlist

Serene Sounds Celtic Playlist

Make sure to share some of your favorites in the comments below!

 

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