We are often overwhelmed by the dark clouds that hang over our lives. Life has a tendency to send hurricanes to ruin our sunny days, but this week, Elizabeth Gomez teaches us that our emotional experience of the world mirrors the seasons and cycles of weather: no matter how loud the thunder crashes, "this too shall pass."
We tend to look at nature as a collection of things: plants and trees and fungi appear as objects that can only be acted upon, rather than engaged with. But what happens when we look at them as living beings with teachings to impart to us? In this week's article, Tam Willey explains how opening one's self to a reciprocal relationship with nature can help us grow - and heal.
New Years' Day typically represents an opportunity to get back on track: get in shape, get our finances under control, get our lives in order. But fresh starts don't always have to be expensive or time-consuming. In this week's article, guest contributor Jessica Newman outlines a nature-centered approach to achieving our New Years resolutions - and how the great outdoors can nourish our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
As many of you are guiding walks during the cold winter season in the Northern hemisphere, this article on winter guiding written by ANFT Canadian mentor, Ronna Schneberger, may be helpful. This feels especially timely as our forest therapy guiding community in the East Coast, Midwest and South throughout North America rang in the new year with record breaking cold weather. Ronna provides some excellent tips on how to safely guide during these fierce winter months so that forest bathing lovers can continue to experience the magical beauty and healing power the winter forest offers.
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