Joy & Aliveness: Nature in Bloom

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

Eleonora Duse

What brings you joy and lights you up from inside?

Those things that spark joy, curiosity, or a sense of wonder, can bring an aliveness to us on many levels, emotionally, physically, spiritually, cognitively, and creatively.

Reflect on what things bring you joy, or a quality of aliveness. Where do you feel this in your body? are their any sensation, feelings, memories, images that comes with this response?

For me, simply noticing, using my attention to take in and connect with the environment I am in, and noticing the aesthetic qualities, such as the spring blooms on a tree, bring me a feeling of both calm and aliveness, which serves to ground me, and also inspire me.

A simple practice of taking a few breaths and letting yourself take in and scan the environment you are in, letting your senses notice and settle on something that catches your attention, is all that is needed to invite us inwards, guiding our noticing in how our attention can support our connections to our bodies, and to our deeper selves.

This noticing and connection can be as simple as that, and it is enough to settle our nervous systems from the hustle and bustle and allow us a place of calm, restoration, and wonder.

When we pay attention to and notice more consciously what inspires us and sets our soul with aliveness, we can use our attention and our connection in this way to fill us with energy, vibrancy, and inspiration that may spill into our body, our choices and action, and guide our lives from a place of joy.