As part of my new self care routine, I have been trying to start each day with five minutes in nature. That means five minutes in my back yard studying whatever I see.
Bees, moths, flowers and weeds are common subjects. Sometimes I snap phone pictures but the priority is always on enjoying the sounds and sights of these remarkable natural elements.
Yesterday’s five minutes were especially pleasant. When I walked outside, this guy was visible from inside the screen porch door.
Then I noticed this dainty little thing.
I was so busy studying these two that I nearly missed this character. Can you see that he looks camouflaged?
The purple balloon flowers are prominent right now and put on quite the show amidst all the rudbeckia and hostas.
Some of the flowers on my front porch got scorched a few weeks ago. Others are thriving but growing unevenly in the flower boxes. Isn’t that the way life goes? Even when we do well, it may not look how we expected.
All the same, the view is pretty at sunrise.
I just started doing my morning moment of nature about a week ago but it has quickly become a favorite part of my day. To steal away before work and simply absorb the sounds and sights of a new day is calming and good for the soul. I feel better equipped to face the day after a few deep breaths and a look around.
You should try it if you can. Really. It sounds nuts when your life is busy but time in nature has many positive benefits including sharpened senses and increased focus. Not to mention the stronger sense of life satisfaction that comes from being outside.
Morning works best for me but you should try it whenever it makes sense for you and see if it helps!