Today’s article is an example of how to be with nature in a way that fosters an experience of heaven on earth. To see this week’s personal growth adventure video with Angelique in the deep of the forest at Rib Mountain in Wausau, Wisconsin, click here. To receive free, weekly inspirational videos, click subscribe.

The deeper meaning of being.

When we think about being with something, we may think of our body being with that thing. But there’s more to being than just our body’s physical presence.

Are we present, absent, or both?

There are myriad forms of presence: we can be fully present, partially present, or fully absent. Let’s say our body is at work. We can be physically present, yet aware that our thoughts and feelings are elsewhere (absent), and at the beach. Or, we can be physically at work while we’re unaware (absent) of our thoughts and feelings. Often, we are a combination of both being present and absent.

Check in with ourself.

In this moment, are we present, absent or both? In what ways?

Requirements of being.

Being requires that we are fully present, with complete awareness. This includes, but is not limited to, our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and body.

Being is not trying to be aware. Being is awareness. This is why we say “be aware” and “beware.” When we are aware, we are capable of observing all our senses and extrasensory perception: what we see, taste, touch, smell, know, hear, feel within, and sense telepathically and cosmically.

My example of being.

My experience of being feels heavenly, supportive, peaceful, joyful. It’s 100% presence, without distraction. I’m not split between thinking about one person while being with another, working while daydreaming, or wishing life were different. I’m not multitasking my mind. I’m completely present with “my experience” and what’s around me.

Being with nature.

To be with nature is the same, it requires full awareness without distraction. It requires attention and focus on exactly where we are in nature and what’s happening around us. When that happens, we can take in all the information that’s available. Being fully present with nature allows us to experience joy, gratitude and life, right where we are.

Steps to being with nature.

It’s up to us. If we’re ready to become more present with nature, here are some things we can do:

  1. Go outside and get comfortable (sitting, walking, etc.).
  2. Notice what we’re thinking.
    1. Is it based in our current, real-time experience now, in nature, or in our past or future?
  3. Notice what we’re feeling.
    1. Is it based in our current, real-time experience now, in nature, or in our past or future?
  4. Refocus our awareness (being).
    1. Find a way to let go of thoughts and feelings that are not based in our present experience within nature.
      1. Journal
      2. Write a to-do list
      3. Make a very brief phone call
      4. Accomplish an urgent task, then let it go.
    2. Bring attention to our six senses based on what we are experiencing right now, within nature. (Click here for more information about six senses.)

Will You?

No one can be with nature for us! And the more we can be present with all our awareness, the more support, health, ease and joy we’ll experience in ourself and life!

If you’d like a fresh perspective on your life which invites new possibilities for receiving support, and more hope, health and joy, explore how a package of conversations with Angelique can invigorate your growth!

Join us on Tour!

Revel in a full Day Hike & Dinner with Angelique!

(Advance bookings are required, see below for details.)

Tuesday, October 18 in Townsend, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains

This invigorating, moderate-level, wooded, trail walk through Cades Cove to Abrams waterfall is followed by a casual, 5-star supper on the patio of the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro and Lodge in Townsend, TN. Overnight stays available. Click for details and book your tickets today!

Join us for a LIVE workshop near the ocean!

Friday October 28 Writer’s Workshop at the Pat Conroy Literary Center & Festival in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Workshop: Personal Growth Through Journaling: Invite Peace, Passion & Joy

What do we invite into our life? Let’s frolic in the creation of a fruitful, customized practice to observe and write in ways that welcome and celebrate opportunities for peace, passion and joy! Click for details and book your tickets today! 

Join us for a LIVE hike on an island by the ocean!

Sunday, October 30 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Hunting Island, South Carolina

Hunting Island State Park is a jewel in the crown of the Lowcountry Sea Islands. Home of towering loblollies, the great horned owl, deer, palmetto and pine needle-bedded-trails, immerse yourself in the experience of “forest bathing” and learn how to relax in nature. Whether it’s your first time in the forest, or you’re an avid nature-lover, learn techniques to deepen your personal ease and heighten your connection with the intuitive guidance within nature. Click for details and book your tickets today!

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Always with love,