I recently had the pleasure of spending a morning hiking in the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. As my guide led me into the forest and “off the beaten path,” she reminded me of how much stronger our intuition is when we are out in nature. This is due to our vibration being naturally higher when we are outside, she said.
And, when you think about it, we all have an innate knowing of this to be true.
How many times have you or someone else you know been upset about something and needed to get outside and “get some air” or “walk it off?” We instinctively know that getting outside will make us feel better.
Many of us have experienced that luscious feeling of relaxation while playing in a park, laying in the grass, staring up at the sky, sitting by water, camping in the woods or simply opening the windows and letting the breeze flow in.
Our sweet pup, Django, would spend 24/7/365 outside if he could. He always gets that disappointed look on his face when it’s time to go inside – unless, of course, he knows he’s getting food when he goes in. Animals have that knowing of what is and is not good for them, and Django, who’s very sensitive to energy, knows that being outside is good for him.
How often have you heard someone or something being described as a “breath of fresh air?”
Meditation and yoga practices feel deeper when we are outside.
A calmer and more peaceful state of mind becomes so much more accessible when we are outside.
For the most part, we don’t really need to be convinced, do we?
And, here’s where we begin to tie in magical tools to this higher vibrational state of being and increased intuition when we are out in nature.
You may recall me mentioning in a previous post that magical tools are a way to awaken, use and develop your intuition. Oracle cards, for example, are filled with lots of magic; however, it takes your hands, your energy and your intuition to bring their guidance forth.
A major purpose – and some would say the main purpose – of magical tools is to strengthen and trust your intuition.
Now stay with me – we’re almost to the point…
When you are outside, raising that beautiful vibration of yours, you are also drinking in the relaxation, feeling calmer by the minute. You are coming more fully into the present moment. Your mind is quieting down.
And, what’s a huge key to accessing your intuition? Quieting your mind!!! Ding! Ding! Ding! Oh, I’m sorry – that was much too loud. ding, ding, ding. 😅
So, there you have it. Getting outside allows the mind to quiet, which then allows you to better hear the whispers of your intuition. As time goes on, those whispers are more easily heard as your intuition grows and strengthens.
You may be wondering, “How much outside time is enough? How deep into nature do I have to get?”
The answer is to keep it simple, don’t stress out about it and go according to how you feel and how much quieting your mind may need.
I have had a range of experiences from sitting on my back porch with my feet on the ground to my glorious morning hike in the mountains. Any time you can get outside is perfect time.
It might be getting up a few minutes early to take a short walk outside to get centered for the day, taking your yoga practice outside, eating outside during your lunch break or for dinner, stopping at a park, beach, or lake for a 15-minute stroll on your way home, sitting outside in the evening after dinner. Whatever is easy, accessible and pleasurable is best, because that is what most of us will do consistently.
It could also be an intentional couple of hours meandering in the woods, taking in the sights, smells, sounds, and textures, popularly called ‘forest bathing.’
The possibilities are endless and well worth it.
As a species, we evolved in nature. We now have evolved further and become industrialized and disconnected with nature, and Mother Earth now longs to connect with us again. She wishes to bring us back to that primal, instinctual knowing that animals have, which many of us have forgotten.
So, take that meditation practice outside. Take a walk after dinner. Get your toes in the water. Get your bare feet on the grass. Bathe in the glorious forest or soak in the waters, if you can. Mother Earth and enhanced intuition are waiting there to connect with you.
Wishing you all the best that life has to offer,
P.S. – September is right on our doorstep! Check out Kim’s forecast here for amazing insight and guidance!
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Kim Woods, The Intuitive Business Strategist, creator of Do You Know, Like and Trust Yourself™ Method, helps business leaders make smarter decisions, strengthen their relationships and make more money. Her work is east meets west, ancient wisdom and modern techniques and intuition plus practical methods. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and welcomes her children, Nick and Katy, when they return home from college. She loves being on the ocean, gardening and cooking.