Posted by: faultlessfinish | May 7, 2012

Mama Earth

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock

My goal to take time in nature every day last week was sadly met by almost five straight days of rain. May in Calgary – summer is close though, I can feel it! And so, my time in nature consisted of me pulling up my hood and walking as quickly as I could to the places I needed to be. By Thursday, it had really gotten to me (I swear I’m not trying to rhyme!). I was weighed down by a sluggishness that not even yoga could lift me out of.

Finally on Sunday – a reprieve. I headed up to my favourite mountain town, Canmore, with one of my favourite friends, and spent the day running, reflecting, and just being outside. And when I got home, I still hadn’t had enough, so I went for a long walk around the river and finally returned to my apartment feeling brand new.

I tend to underestimate the power of nature. Being outside, whether you’re doing something active or just sitting quietly and listening, truly brings you back to a state of balance. We’re not meant to be cooped up inside in front of screens our whole lives.

Thinking back now, I can’t blame the rain for my sluggishness. I could have easily “sucked it up” and gone for a walk or run and enjoyed the fresh air. I have only myself to blame for getting caught up in negative thoughts and actions. And my day outside yesterday reminded me of that. Nature brings clarity, and most often peace. What could be more important than that?

Get some fresh air every day and bring newness to your life. It’s more powerful than you might think.

This week’s goal: Think long-term. Get excited about the short.

Song of the week: “Wicked Game” – James Vincent McMorrow. Great artist from Dublin – his take on the Chris Isaak classic.

Namaste 🙂



  1. I HIGHLY recommend a dog; come rain or shine, hail, sleet or snow, there you both are – outside. You don’t always feel like getting out, but once you do it’s wonderful every single time. 🙂

    • I would LOVE to have a dog! Just need a bigger place to live first 🙂

  2. Keep an eye out for any potential fishing spots. Fishing is an excellent reason to go out in the rain.

  3. It’s been raining non stop here too 😦 I need to get out more, it’s hard to be motivated though when it’s so miserable!

    • Ugh, I know! Rainy days are nice once in a while, but it’s so easy to feel drained by too many of them in a row. I hope you keep finding new inspiration like The Help!

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