Nature and healing go together.
Healing, both physically and emotionally can be supported by nature. It’s role in your healing just might be more important than you realize.
Black Elk, a powerful Sioux medicine man is known to have given a mattress to someone seeking healing, then telling them to begin their healing process by spending several days resting and sleeping under a tree.
More than once, I have had a client come to me for sound healing or counseling, and I have asked them, “How often do you get out on the Mother Earth?”
Most often the answer is, “Rarely.”
It is a common misunderstanding that earth is a thing we live on to be used to serve our needs. Earth is as alive as we are and we are living in symbiotic relationship with her. When we lose touch with that awareness, we begin living on top of her instead of with her.
When this happens we lose touch with our natural rhythms. Symptoms of being out of sync with natural, circadian cycles (our natural needs for periodic pauses, breaks, and adequate rest) include stress, physical tension, emotional frustration, depression…..and all of these contribute to ongoing illness. In my best-selling book, The Root of All Healing, I go into detail about the symptoms you can experience when you are out of sync.
Personally, I remember being so out of sync—so tense—at one point in my life, that I would get angry with anyone who suggested I needed a break. I was getting more and more tense and increasingly ill, but I was addicted to feeling needed and kept on pushing. I was avoiding my feelings and fears by over-working, all the while spending less time in a natural, normal, peaceful rhythm, while becoming increasingly depressed and physically sick.
What I Discovered About Nature and Emotional Healing
When I was in my deepest despair, my heaviest state of depression, I would frequently find a quiet park or forest and walk and walk and walk. Periodically, I sobbed, pounded my fist on the ground, laughed, talked to myself, and breathed in the scent of the trees until my heart found some relief from its pain.
Then I would sit or stand still while I contemplated a stream or admired the clouds passing by me. I would lift up the head of a flower and drink in its sweet scent. Sometimes, I pulled off my shoes and waded in the water or wandered about on soft grass. I loved to watch the squirrels, imitate bird sounds, crunch up dead leaves in my hands or just feel the wind on my face. Standing in the sun was like getting my battery recharged.
After releasing the burdens of my heart, I found solace in Mother Earth. In her my appreciation for and vigor in life was renewed. And I could go on again for another day. It is my understanding the Cherokee call this The Natural Way. The Natural, it seems, is when we are in harmony with all living things.
In my Breakthrough Healing System (at my MisaHopkins.com website), I explain why this deep connection is essential and so effective in healing. I also show you various ways to make that connection in such a way that you experience healing for yourself.
By giving myself permission to release and then to rest in harmony with Mother Earth I restored my equilibrium in life. In the Natural Way I found peace. That peace was such a relief to me, I spent more and more time outdoors with Mother Earth. The more time I spent, the more I healed my aching heart until eventually it no longer ached at all. The end result was a physical benefit I could not have expected, when I realized the pain in I would periodically get in my chest had completely disappeared.
Creating emotional stability and emotional healing to support you in your physical healing endeavors requires a deeply-rooted connection to Mother Earth. She is not here for our convenience. She is part of our life-blood. Discovering the ways in which you most easily make the connection between nature and healing is deeply satisfying to your spirit, emotions, mind and body.