Something very special happened to me. A beautiful butterfly was sent my way (my pant leg to be precise) to remind me just how awe-inspiring nature is — a beautifully vibrant butterfly, a majestic cardinal or playful hummingbird (both of which I see at my bird-feeder every morning), sounds of the ocean, of trees, of natural life.
When we allow ourselves to connect with nature, we are guided to make better decisions for our body, mind, heart and soul. We see first-hand how effortless everything happens in nature. We become inspired to want the same effortless rhythms in our own life. When we stay in the moment as nature shows — you never see a bird or horse worrying about the past or worrying about the future; a bird instinctively goes for the worm, etc. – we become one with the here and now and stress does not exist. Stress in life is created by punishing ourselves for things that happened in the past and/or worrying about the future for which we have no control. Only the here and now matters, as nature shows us. Things just flow with effortless ease.
Humans are the only species who struggle with weight. We are not above nature’s intelligence; we are misguided to think we are. The difference between human beings and other species is that we are capable of conscious choice making. The problem is we have made the choice to see ourselves as separate and apart from the creation. Our higher mind allows for wonderful creativity, but many of us have become slaves of the mind and our ego. We overthink, overanalyze, think we are all alone and have become conditioned to think that only through struggle and hardship can we achieve all the best things in life. Said differently, if we humans just allow for nature’s intelligence to work through us, then we would all be healthy and happy, filled with bliss and inner peace.
Let’s take eating, for instance. The body has an incredible to heal itself when given half the chance. When you cut yourself, the wound heals over time. Same thing when we are sick. The body only asks that we properly nourish it so it can do its job. And the proper nourishment comes from nature’s bounty, not chemicalized, processed foods humans have become so enticed to eat, given the conditioning of the media and trickery of the taste buds with super-enhanced flavors. When we feed the body these foods, the body becomes confused and malnourished because the body is not given the raw materials it needs to do its job. Yes, we are an overfed, undernourished nation. Our bodies are crying for us to feed it right, but we keep inundating it with foods devoid of nutrients and therefore, we keep eating and eating while our bodies become increasingly starved of the nutrients it needs.
Good physical health can be achieved without struggle and deprivation. It is about properly nourishing the body which will automatically ‘crowd out’ the foods that don’t serve us and good health is inevitable. Bootcamps, calorie-counting, point systems, etc. all reinforce that we cannot be trusted and that we must put our trust outside in someone or something else to help us get the point and do what needs to be done. None of us wants to be sick, overweight and unhealthy. What needs to happen is a shift in perception. We must view our physical ailments as a result of eating foods that are not nourishing us and if we begin to do that, the body’s wisdom will kick in and we will be healed. Instead, we begrudge our bodies, we call ourselves ‘weak’ and ‘losers’ and we put our trust in other people and programs, no matter how inane or how cruel certain diet programs can be.
We don’t need to be intimidated or scared out of our minds to do the right thing for our bodies. We must gently tune in to the cues of the body, eat right and know that eating right is an act of self-love which will be rewarded by the body’s innate wisdom to keep us fit and healthy. Now, some people’s body circuitry have become so compromised with years of poor diet and lifestyle choices that it may take longer for the body to come back into balance. And sometimes, supplements need to be added to give the body a boost. But the fundamental point is that the body is here to serve us and it never makes a mistake. Once we see our bodies as our partners, not villains in this play called life, we will automatically start to make better decisions.
And those decisions come from the broader realm of nature’s intelligence. To be healthy, we must eat nutrient-rich foods that come from nature – vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds – which provide the body with the nutrients it needs to do its job of keeping us fit, lean and vibrantly healthy.
So, let’s let nature’s intelligence inspire us to achieve great health, without struggle and deprivation. Spend time mindfully every day in nature, even for a few minutes and bottle the wisdom it provides as a way to live our lives.