Letting Nature take over for a bit
Lately, I have been making it a habit to practice gratitude and meditation. There is a saying that it takes 21 days to create a habit or make a new routine stick. I have been making it a point to practice daily meditation. Before I even get out of bed there are a set of meditation audio tracks that I listen to as well as music. Afterward I write down one thing I am grateful for each day.
As I’ve taken on the task of always having my camera with me and practically creating a photo everyday, I have become to notice and appreciate the little things all the more. I have been blessed to be in such a beautiful environment that is home to great scenery and abundant wildlife – when the weather is not freezing cold.
Keeping it on the positive
Focusing on the positive aspects of life didn’t happen over night for me. There a numerous things that could hold me back from enjoying the present moment. I choose to persevere and choose to try and become the best version of myself.
There were a few things that I did to start my journey looking at the positive.
Wake up early and meditate.
Doesn’t have to be 5 A.M., Waking up just 15 minutes early to meditate can make a difference and set the mood for the day
Set a daily intention
We all experience situations throughout the day that can throw us for a loop. I set an intention for the day of what I plan to accomplish and my attitude. When a situation arises, I remember what my intention was and not let difficult situations get to me as much.
Make my bed each morning
This has more to do with creating a welcoming space. It’s a chaotic world out there and my bed it the one place where I can rest. I’m not the neatest person in the world by any means. However coming home to a made up bed at the end of a long day brings a sense of order back.
Even if it’s a 5-10 minute walk. Sometimes I even walk throughout my house for 5 minutes. It gets the blood moving and my mind flowing.
List one thing I’m grateful for
Just one. It doesn’t have to be something of grand importance. It could be something as simple as sugar for your tea, clean socks, the color green, hand sanitizer, or a nice sunset you seen the other day. I realized that noticing the little things makes me appreciate the things in my life as a whole.
Journaling daily has helped me get my thoughts and plans out of my head and on to paper(or an app). My journal has no format; it’s just a string of run on sentences that I jot down at the end of the day. Sometimes I gain insight on things or recognize a pattern when I review my journal every now and then.
I make it a point to get at least 5 minutes of fresh air during the day; Usually on my break. During the winter months this is much more difficult because it’s to cold to stand outside.
It’s the fuel that gets me going. I cannot think straight on an empty stomach; especially after fasting for eight plus hours.
I found that drinking at least one pint of water a day made me feel refreshed and aided in digestion.
Cut out negative people
I Don’t need them. Life is tough already. I’ve come to a point where I’ve stop accepting negative people into my life. They bring me down and make life worse.
Listen to calming music (clicking on link will open radio station)
Listening to classical music or nature sounds quiets my mind. When I’m working on a project and things seem to not click or I’m ready to wind down, soothing music is a great way to escape for a few minutes and get lost in the melody.
Cultivating gratitude takes time;that’s all in the nature of the journey
I didn’t start all of these tasks at once and most of them took a few months to years to eventually become apart of my daily routine. There are a few that I still struggle with every now and then. Such as the daily journaling. If it’s not everyday, it’s every other day. There are tons of free resources and apps to help you stay on track. DayOne and Productive habits & daily goal tracker are apps that I use currently. They are helpful because they both have the feature that lets me set a reminder of when a task is due.
There are a few other activities that are not on the list but I participate in on a daily or weekend basis. They are photography and fishing. There is something soothing about being near a large body of water. Doesn’t matter if it’s a lake,pond, or the ocean. Being in that surrounding introduces other elements in nature like animals, beautiful scenery, and sounds.
Last weekend during a mini fishing trip, I found myself contemplating about how grateful I am to be in the space that I was in. As seen in the picture above, how could I not? I also found myself blogging on my phone and jotting down ideas. It seems that the peacefulness of the scenery got my creative juices flowing. I finished my notes and began to search around for images to capture. I was hoping to catch some wildlife but I think most of the birds have migrated south for the winter.
One final note
Implementing the habits above into my life has contributed to my well being; mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’ve enhanced my photography and creative skills because I am able to concentrate on the scene in front of me, focus on the positive, and appreciate the space that I’m in. I encourage you to get out and enjoy nature in your surrounding area. It’s a great place to escape, clear your mind and focus on the future. Find a peaceful spot, appreciate the view and snap a photo. I hope that my suggestions above will help you incorporate some type of positive activity into your daily routine. I believe setting time aside to do so will give way to ideas and positive feelings that you never knew you had or it may reignite them.
P.S. I have a video of the area above that I posted on my Facebook Page. I usually post other nature related photos and ramblings on there in conjunction with this blog.If you have any other tips or suggestions on how you practice gratitude and/or enjoy nature please feel free to comment below.
Spark creativity by capturing the world around you one photo at a time
Tokina 12-28mm at 28mm 1/320sec f/9 ISO 100