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Laurali
Hi, I'm Laurali! I live in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida where I nurture my plants, go hiking in the woodland, and wear flowers in my hair.

Nature Walks Lately: Nature's Healing Therapy

Hiking on a Wooden Bridge in the Wilderness of Florida
Now that I'm back home in Florida, I've been using my nature walks as nature's healing therapy.  I'm not happy to be back, but I am trying to make the best of it.  Moving to North Carolina was obviously meant to be some kind of learning lesson.  Knowing all of that, I've been working out my issues by hiking the trails!  I call it my therapy.

All of my family knows that when I say I'm going to therapy, it means I'm going on a hike.  Some days, weather permitting, I have to keep my nature walk short.  Other days, I'm out walking and exploring for a couple of hours.  The longest hike I ever took was when I lived in Sedona, Arizona.  It lasted four hours because my niece and I were climbing a mountain to get to Devil's Bridge.  Even though it's considered a moderate hike, as far as the level of difficulty, it took a while for me to climb down.  I'm afraid of heights, which is ironic because I love the mountains.  Plus, we brought lunch with us to eat once we got to the top.

Why do I consider nature my therapy?  The minute that I get to the park or hiking trail, the emerald green forest and the canopy of leaves that protect me, instantly make me feel better.  When I'm out in the wilderness, I'm also talking to the nature spirits and working out my issues.  I feel like I'm free to tell them anything.  Everything I have to say to the fairies comes through in my thoughts and feelings.  The fey are very in tune with human emotion.  It is not unheard of to leave the hiking trail with a larger than life problem completely resolved.

A lot of times, I'll keep hiking until I am positive that I have a clear answer on what to do next.  The elementals can tackle any problem you have head-on.  I'll be talking more about that in a moment.  Sometimes, we need a massive healing to take place.  Other times, we need to see the solution to a problem.  Whatever is causing you conflict and pain, can be resolved by calling on the faerie folk.  They are very responsive to the needs of all elementals and that includes humans.  Humans are made from the same matter as animals, plants, flowers, and pine cones.  Therefore, they can help us!
Floral Bouquet of White Flowers With Magical Healing Properties

Earthing Energy for Grounding and the Root Chakra

To use nature as therapy, use it for the natural resource that it is!  As a shaman, my favorite and most used healing modality is earthing.  Earthing is a movement in which you connect with the earth's energy and throw down roots.  Hiking is one of the easiest ways to do this.  Some people try to gain the full earthing energy experience by hiking barefoot.  Honestly, just spending time in nature helps instantly and effectively!

Earthing works like this:  You engage with nature.  It can be in the desert, woodland, a mountain stream, or at the beach, digging your toes deep in the golden sand.  This instantly causes your higher self, your spirit, to throw down invisible roots.  Invisible to the naked eye at least.  The roots then ground you in earth energy which is natural, organic, and elemental.  You can do this in many different ways.  I've listed a few below to get you started and here's a post you can read about grounding with mushrooms and tree spirits, to gain a deeper understanding.

Earthing Energy 101:
  • Place the palm of your hand on a tree for a few minutes.
  • Lay on the ground in your backyard without a stitch of clothes on either curled up or stretched out.  My niece used this method when she had endometriosis pain.
  • Take a walk on the beach without any shoes.  Dig your toes in the sand and let the tide wash up over your feet.
  • Hammock in the mountains.  I have seen people doing this on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.  
  • Take a dip in the ocean.  The ocean has its own magical energy with mermaids and sea sprites.  
  • Do some outdoor gardening.  Gardening is a favorite among many, because of it's healing properties.
  • Stand with your feet apart and hands in the air, raised in the shape of a V, then visualize tree roots growing from the bottom of your feet all the way up again.  
  • Go mushroom hunting, then wash, and cook up some delicious edible mushrooms.  
  • Eat high vibrancy foods like roots and vegetables that are organic and come from the ground.
  • Take a hike in nature.  Just being surrounded by green nature creates an overall sense of wellness.
  • Grow houseplants.  Houseplants are very popular on Instagram right now.  They are all the rage.  The truth is, they bring grounding energy into your home life.  
  • You might also try wearing crystals in your bra.  Here are 7-Reasons to Wear Gemstones in Your Bra.  They heal you while you go about your day.
Mushroom Fairy Rings + Edible Mushrooms for Hiking Pretty

Pay Attention to the Signs and Synchronicities

What is mother nature trying to tell you?  For example, right after I came back to Florida, I saw this heart-shaped oyster mushroom, which is edible by the way.  A couple days later I found a cute little wedding bell with a tiny quote about love, marriage, and finding a soulmate.  This leads me to believe that the heart work I've been doing is working.  Those little signs and synchronicities are like signs of land, showing you in physical form what will soon become a reality.

Seeing heart-shaped things could also mean that I need to open my heart to love more or that I am lovable.  The thing about signs is that it will be personal to you.  It's meant for only you to notice because it belongs to you.  It's your private manifestation coming to life.  Be sure to be thankful for the signs and then let it go and go about your day.

Pay attention to the signs and synchronicities.  We are getting messages all day long.  The universe is always trying to get our attention.  When you are in alignment, the signs will come.  That's what connecting with nature and the fairies can do for you.  Healing takes place when we're able to take disbelief off the table and just take faith at face value.  What do you go to lose?  Worst-case scenario: Nothing happens or it doesn't mean anything.  See?  Nothing gained or lost.
Nature Path That Leads to Green Meadow and Pastures

Forge Ahead

When all else fails, forge ahead.  Sometimes you don't know where you're going, in life or on a hiking adventure.  Don't let that deter you or stop you.  Fear can immobilize you and keep you from pursuing a brand-new path or dream.  I can't tell you how many times I was afraid to take the road less traveled, like the Robert Frost poem, but I forged ahead.  I did this with my career path and life's purpose and I practiced this method while on a walk in the woodland.

In the forest, there's this little fear in the back of my mind that if I take an unfamiliar road I'll become lost.  In life, there's the naysayers and the human lions, that want to devour you for being different.  Do you stand in the face of fear with whatever courage you can muster?  Or do you crumble in the face of fear?  Like most people, I've done both at many different points in my life.  Just remember that even if something looks scary and monstrous, doesn't mean it is.  What if the monster was a gentle giant?  Metaphorically speaking, of course.

That's what backpacking in the mountains and in the deepest, darkest forest has taught me.  It's taught me to be brave and courageous and the mighty forces will come to my aid.  It's taught me to face my fears, to look them right in the eye.  Each time you take on a challenge and overcome it, you are slaying your metaphorical dragons.  You are David and Goliath.  You become the moral of your own story.

There's always going to be haters and unfortunately, sometimes those people will be your family members.  There's always going to be mountains to climb, new roads to travel, rivers to cross.  We can do nothing about those things.  We can, however, face our biggest fears and stop giving it power over us.

Homework Assignment:

Who are the monsters in your life?  Write down names (if it's people) and what you're afraid of.  Then, once you figure out where your fears lie, write down how you would handle this situation if you were brave and courageous.  Then, now this is the really scary part, consider talking to the person, dealing with that situation, by confronting it head-on in an adult manner.

In some ways, adults are like little children too.  The difference being, nobody cuts us any slack because we're supposed to act like grownups.
A Blooming Tree Walk + Oak Tree Growing in the Forest Florida Wildlife and Trees

Nature Walks Lately

My nature walks have been hardcore challenging.  When I was living in the Blue Ridge Mountains at a higher elevation, it was challenging for different reasons.  It's cold there.  As cold as a Florida Winter, which took some getting used to.  The elevation was challenging for my asthma and breathing, but also helps too.  Like a natural first aid kit for holistic health.

In Florida, it's challenging because even though the weather has cooled down some, we still have some pretty hot days.  The humidity is killer in a semi-tropical environment too.  Plus, there's the little-known fact I didn't want to come back.  I had to.  So, here I am, trying to adjust to a lot of changes again.

What I haven't told you yet is how I like the challenge.  I like creating small challenges for myself when I go for a hike.  I like to beat my own goals.  It's the same thing with my diet.  I like to see how far I can take things.  That's why I've tried raw vegan, vegan, vegetarian, and the mermaid detox diet.  I'm in competition with myself and it makes it fun.

In a way, I feel like I'm practicing survivalism, which is something I'm very interested in.  Probably from watching too much Walking Dead and the zombie apocalypse.  Either way, I encourage you to make your own game out of hiking, camping, and other outdoor recreation.  Set goals for yourself, then break them.

Try new things.  As you know, I've really grown a fondness for mushroom hunting.  I am going to bring a bucket to the park soon and try to do some mushroom picking, with the permission of the faerie of course!  I then would like to wash and cook them.  It's a little intimidating when you spend your whole life shopping from a grocery store, but that's the challenge.

Plus, how else will I know if I could survive without four walls and a roof.  Next, I plan to find edible berries and flowers too.  These are little challenges that I like to give myself to make being an outdoor survivalist fun.

Anytime I spend time in nature, I make a game out of it.  I ask the fairies to surprise me and guess what?  They haven't failed me yet.  Yesterday I saw another gopher tortoise whom I stopped to talk to.  Today, I saw a huge secret mushroom garden hidden under the tree canopy in plain sight.  Every day is like this.

Today, I also did a spell with Goddess Fortuna, also known as Lady Luck, with a green ribbon tied into my hair to see what people I could meet and talk to.  It's still in my ponytail, as the spell says to wear it till the end of the day.  Once the day has ended, I can write down who I talked to and make observations.  It's a spell for a chance meeting.

Every day can be fun like that.  It's not always the big things we do that matter.  Sometimes it's the little chances we take.  It's the challenges we overcome.  It's the people we meet.  It's how it all builds up and creates tension to become a fairy tale all our own, complete with knights, white horses (or unicorns), dragons, and green ribbons.  At the end of the day, nature heals in mysterious ways.  Use it, be resourceful with it, and it will be your constant companion through the seasons of life.  

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