I have returned from my wonderful adventure to the Bahamas. I enjoyed many things about my trip: swimming with dolphins, craniosacral therapy in the water, hanging out with old and new friends, alone time, swinging in a hammock, and the list goes on!
One aspect that stood out to me was the amount of time I spent outside. I became aware of how I felt much more peaceful within myself when spending time in nature. As I swung in the hammock, I found myself gazing at how the amazing tree above me branched out to create a big canopy over me and with flowers occasionally dropping down. I observed my busy mind slowing down and my priorities about what I deemed important shifting.
Once I returned home, I looked for ways to spend more time outdoors. We are fortunate to have a beautiful backyard. I have set up a table outside so that I can be on my computer out on our deck. Before I start work in the morning most days, I sit on our comfy old outdoor sofa to meditate. Over the weekends, I am more conscious to get out into the garden to care for the plants before it gets too hot and the day runs away from me. I feel so much calmer and more settled when I do this.
Another personal highlight from my trip was being in the water every day. I love the freedom of movement that water offers. For years I taught people with disabilities to be water safe and to swim. On the second day of the dolphin-assisted treatment program, I worked with a delightful 6-year-old girl who had a neurological disability. Taking her in the water to interact with the dolphins was like a dream come true for me. I was combining my skills as a pediatric PT, swim teacher, and craniosacral therapist in the company of dolphins! Seeing the delight on this little girl’s face as she found movement in her arms and legs all working together with her eyes fixed on the dolphins is a memory that will always stay with me.
Last month, a wonderful group gathered together on Zoom for a Guided Exploration of Your Health and Wellness. I am going to host four more sessions this year, most likely from my backyard! The dates are Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 29, and Dec. 3—all at 9 am PST for free! E-mail me to receive the Zoom link.
Additionally, I am creating a small group of eight craniosacral therapists who are passionate about deepening their connection to the many aspects of this work. We will explore all the ways our CST practice challenges and grows us providing support in the areas of our clinical, business, and personal skills. Please send me an email if you are interested in joining Deepening Your Craniosacral Therapy Practice.
How do you like to spend your time outside in nature? Please share some ideas with me!