Moving Nature In: Remembering Bangkok

Moving nature in has taken me back to July 1996 when I traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to visit my friend Ta and her family. I say this because the outrageously huge city itself was not what I would call natural – in the sense that I was comparing it to what I knew having lived in the Pacific Northwest in America. However, this made it one of the most natural experiences I had really lived in my teenage years.

I started working at Bob’s Burgers Express when I was 15 years of age, so I could afford to buy my first car. And then my friend invited me to Thailand, and I thought – what the heck, I have nothing better to save for! This experience changed my life. Forever.

The streets were full of the sounds of horns, taxis, motorcycles, cars, buses, construction, people yelling, walking, running, and children everywhere. A mother sitting horizontal on a motorcycle with her baby in her lap, a toddler and his older brother on the street corner with their tin cup for the next meal, and my eyes, heart, nose, ears were soaking in everything. The humidity, the stench of street vendors/dust/people.

Have you been to the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang)?

Top 10 Tuesdays: Simple Steps

Top 10 Tuesdays are aimed at sharing resources and tips that have had usefulness in my life.  Mondays can be long, stressful, and disgruntling so Tuesday often is about taking action, making a new plan, or maybe tweaking the attitude just a bit.  Today’s top 10 are going to be simple – nope, no brain surgeon needed here!  The thing is, when life is busy, complex, packed with stress and responsibilities – these simple steps can get pushed aside.  Let’s use them.

1. Breathe – Recently I was told that I have a short breath in, compared to my breath out.  I’ve been working on breathing and counting to 6 slowly, and then out 6.  The simple step of stopping what you are doing, taking the time to breathe and notice your body, can bring you back to a place of calm.

2. Laugh – So important to find the funny in life.  Laugh hard, laugh regularly!  Giggle 🙂  Here’s my example:  

3. Notice – Notice the colors, the texture, the sounds, the smells, the space that you’re in.

4. Show Gratitude – Whether it be leaving a small note to say thank you, or making a quick call, or a quick text message to say you appreciate a gesture – noticing kindness can go a long way.

5. Plan for Success – Now I’m not saying if you plan for success that everything is going to turn out all right, but notice your attitude, your excitement, & your ability to brainstorm when things aren’t going quite as planned.

6. Find Nature – Smell those roses!  And if you really can’t find nature (stuck in an elevator, a building or room with no windows) close your eyes and find nature there.  Your favorite nature spot.

7. Indulge – Make a plan for something you want but haven’t made time, had the $ for, keep forgetting.  How about a massage, or a fruit smoothie, or a fun excursion down the river?  And when you do this, be present.

8. Stretch – Stretch your body out, your necks, your back, your wrists, shoulders…you name it stretch it.

9. Share – We are good at asking kids to share with one another.  Do we do this ourselves?  Share a message, over lunch, whatever it may be – and enjoy the joy your sharing.

10. Play – What’s your favorite recess activity?  Dance to a song, play a sport, chase a pet or a friend, play hard.

Moving Nature In: The Power of Image

Moving nature in is about finding ways to connect to earth for strength, healing, and a sense of peace. The image I’ve often carried has been in forms of water, the warm water, the cold water, the sound of water…the smell. I had a coaching session with Lynda Monk and while talking with her a image of a tree was used. Since then I’ve realized how important that tree is for me right now. For grounding and strength. What nature images do you use?