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Being one with nature – a practice of awakening

"I fell in love with nature before I could even remember in my grandparent’s garden."

There I appreciated nature by tasting wild berries or concord grapes dangling from the vine, feeding the koi in the ponds, minding the honeybees while I ran barefoot on the earth. It was a true natural wonder. A remarkable feature of this garden was my Grandfather’s life-sized Buddha statue sitting beneath the evergreens, legs folded, hands in a mudra of contemplation.

I couldn’t say if it was the Buddha’s peacefully closed eyes that inspired me, maybe along with the presence of the songs of birds, or gentle wind on the leaves, but here I was called to pause and watch the branches overhead simple sway back and forth. There, I became immersed in listening and observing nature’s quiet wisdom. Slowly, and without any effort, I was finding a quiet reservoir of stillness within.

I didn’t even know what Zen, the Tao or meditation was. I discovered something unnamed. I was simply being one with nature. Like Mindfulness it is a connection to our senses, but maybe labeling it as Mindfulness or mediation adds a kind of expectation, like we are supposed to reach something. And yet expectations, have no place in nature. She arrives in her own time, in her own way. To be one with nature is to simply be, to soften our knowing to listen. It’s remembering that not only is nature a part of us, but we are a part of her, blossoming, wild, and peaceful.

I stumble into an easily oneness with nature and life from time to time, mostly I am rewarded with this stillness by engaging in a rigorous hiking in a forest or really finding my flow in yoga practice. But recently I have also discovered it can be found in my own garden on an ordinary morning, while I patiently water my seedlings. Visiting them each day, I observe nature’s invitation to be like my Grandfather’s Buddha, quietly present and invoking peace. Nature is calling each of us to be like the seeds waiting for spring, readying to awaken in our own backyard. May you be one with nature.

Melissa V. Lampl
Contributor & Founding Member

My background in wellness begin with a BA from Scripps College in Psychology where I focused on the interconnectedness of health, positive psychology, yoga, well-being and mindfulness. My desire in promoting wellness, inner balance and harmony with nature led me to Frontier Co-op and Aura Cacia. I studied aromatherapy at the American College of Healthcare Sciences and am a proud member of Frontier Co-op’s team, serving as an Aromatherapy Educator for the Aura Cacia brand.

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Lupe R

November 1, 2018 - 3:36pm

My being at one with nature is going to the beach right before the sun sets. Shhh. Listen to the waves and seagulls. Smell the fresh Air. Look at how beautiful and how deep the water looks. Then I turn and I look at the radiant colors beaming from the sun, as it gets ready to settle for the night. Turning yellow, orange, pink, purple a little burnt red.
And knowing that all of this was here way before people. Since the first days of earth. What a better place to connect.

Freddie H

August 21, 2018 - 8:34am

This is a good reminder.  I have had such a relaxing couple of days, found a huge fairy ring, saw a double rainbow, but on today’s walk I set out with the urgency of finding a 4 leaf clover, didn’t happen, and no telling what I missed. Your note about nature will arrive in her own time hit home.

Carole K

August 20, 2018 - 5:15am

Thank you for sharing your love of nature Melissa..  My Garden is my Happy Place.  I love love love creating in the dirt.  My mother was from farm stock so playing in the dirt was paramount as a child. Meditation and Essential oils are a must.  Have an awesome day!

Michele S 1676167646

July 26, 2018 - 10:12am

Melissa, this was so beautiful & resonant. Thank you. I hike, garden & strive for that stillness & peace, as well. Blessings.

Melissa Lampl

June 15, 2018 - 10:21am

Jaye, thank you for being here. Wishing you a beautiful day.

Melissa Lampl

June 15, 2018 - 10:22am

It’s hot today! Going out of town for the weekend, any gardeners out there have tips for vacationing and returning home to happy plants?

Jaye H

June 12, 2018 - 7:02pm

Thank you. Good reminder. Going to water my plants now. Have a beautiful day.

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