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.

Spend Time In Nature: A Slow Living Mantra

A Fern Trail Hiking Adventure With Spiderweb Covered Ferns in an Emerald Green Forest in Florida
Spend time in nature is a slow living mantra that I live by!  There's something about spending time in the forest or a meadow full of wildflowers that forces you to slow down and enjoy the moment.  I know that my time amongst trees and tall grass has made me feel more grateful to be alive and well.

Whether I'm on a Fern Trail Hiking Adventure or having a summer picnic in the grass with my daughters, I love how the backdrop of nature helps me to slow down and settle into the moment.  For me, slow living means grounding my energy with a photoshoot in the woodland or taking the time to enjoy a homecooked meal with the family.  It's the little things and the way we hold onto them with all of our heart.

There was a time in my life where I was busy and I remember thinking at the time, this doesn't feel like me.  Now I know that it wasn't.  I'm my best self when I can take my own time, when I can create my own flexible schedule, and when I have time to spend with the people I love.  Part of what keeps me grounded and authentic is mother nature.  She always helps me to return to my roots!

Ten years ago, I was a completely different person on a completely different path.  I was a front-desk receptionist at a car dealership and I was miserable and unhappy.  One day out of the blue, I quit my job to become a full-time writer.  That's when I discovered blogging and began the long, arduous journey into a new life.  It was the bravest thing I've ever done and probably the stupidest.

Looking back now, I can see that I needed to make a complete break with my old life and so I did.  It's been a long and winding road with many twists and turns, but it's a spiritual journey that has lead me to do the kind of work I love and living a slower life where I feel fulfilled and happy.

Sometimes, I forget how far I've come and how much I've changed.  Luckily, when I walk into the forest clearing I am met with the song of my new life as it whispers through the treetop pines.  The nature spirits are always warm and welcoming in their invite, as they remind me that it's okay to slow down and enjoy a moment in nature.

The flora and fauna all speak to me as we celebrate the seasons of life together as kinfolk in a woodland gathering.  As the cool breeze ruffles my hair like a warm kiss, I feel comforted to know that I was always walking in a direction, even if I once felt lost in the woods.

In the woodland, I feel safe and loved.  I feel at home there, as the woodland creatures prepare a table for me of their finest nettle leaves.  What I've come to find, as I nestle into the hollow tree, is that I can be myself here between the mighty oaks and tall meadow grass.  It is here where I feel adventurous, spritely, and free-spirited as I meander through orange groves, palm trees, and mushroom rings.
A white, fuzzy herb plant and emerald green eaves in the shady parts of a nature trail in Florida

Spend Time In Nature: A Slow Living Mantra

When I spend time in nature, I am slowing down to capture a moment in time where the magic of the forest awakens me.  I become the slow living mantra that I have been living.  I eat, sleep, and breathe nature as it connects me to source energy, which interconnects me to my higher self.  It's a life cycle of the soul as it recycles back into the earth.

If you feel overwhelmed by life or too busy to enjoy it, head out into nature today.  It will instantly soothe your soul, restoring you back to your natural self.  Sometimes, we just need to stop and begin gathering twigs for a new adventure.  We can only do that when we take a moment and just breathe and have a little faith.

Nature is my healing therapy.  I know when I take a nature walk I can tell the fairies anything and they will still love me.  By the time I leave the park behind, I will leave completely restored.  I will become whole again and healed.  The forest is down-to-earth and easy to talk to and will listen with ease and grace.

You might walk through the woods with tears in your eyes, but you will leave with a smile.  Let nature be your guide.  Let her navigate you through great travails and allow her to reset the balance in your life.  She will be your compass, she will be your girl scout guide.

What happens next is what will follow suit.  For me, it began with photoshoots in the woods with my daughters and it became a lifelong family tradition.  This lead to me wanting to go wildly and slow and to live a slower life.

Nature has a way of breaking things down first, as it does with every season before she builds you back up again.  In my case, it meant leaving a job that made me terribly unhappy in the corporate world during the recession.  A decade later, I am living my dream life, blogging about all the adventures I take and all the lessons I've learned along the way.

Every day is an adventure into the forest where I emerge with something gained.  One day it might be a new set of wildlife photography pictures that bring me joy and warmth, while another day it might be a fresh perspective on something I never thought of before.  That's the healing power of nature at work, as it's magical properties winds it's way into your life, like ribbons through your hair.  My slow living mantra is to spend time in nature, what's yours?  

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