By Victoria Lafean
On the Green Path journey, establishing and re-establishing your understanding of nature as it is now is crucial. If you lose touch with your environment, you lose the one thing that connects you to your natural surroundings.
Being aware of your environment means knowing the energies moving through it, the energy it produces, its health and vibrations. It also means being aware of how your own energy and mental or emotional state fit into your surroundings. You may think you know your environment, but you may be surprised when you stop to create a new relationship with it.
It is crucial to interact with your natural environment as it actually is, not the nature you imagine or idealize. Connection is important even if its the city, the woods, the desert or town.
Find yourself a journal because you may think you know your neighborhood, but it’s useful to take the time to really see it. Use all your senses to explore where you live. Ask these questions and answer them honestly in your journal. If you don’t know the answers, research will provide the knowledge to help attune yourself to nature.
- How do the seasons change where you live? What changes do you see and feel?
- What influence does the moon have on you? What is the phase of the moon now?
- Name ten plants local to the area.
- Of these plants, which is indigenous and what ones were imported?
- What wildlife is native to the area?
- What types of trees are in your environment?
What you don’t know may surprise you. Make the point of finding the answers to your questions in your journal. Take your journal with you around your neighborhood and make notes of plants and animals you see. Take a leaf or two and place them inside the pages of your journal to research later. Walking around your neighborhood with enhanced awareness can teach you more than you thought you knew.
According to Arin, interaction exercises are the best way to attune yourself to nature. For this exercise, choose a stone or a plant. Focus on the energy, and answer these questions in your journal.
- What does it feel like?
- How does it smell?
- What does it look like?
- What sounds does it make?
- How does it taste? (Do not put unrecognized plants in your mouth.)
Feel free to be descriptive and pay attention to detail when writing in your journal. Continue the exercises with other stones and plants. Gain the knowledge and learn from the nature around you. This is how you begin to attune yourself to nature on your Green Path journey. Arin will work with us next on environmental energies. She’ll continue to guide us on the natural magic of herbs, flowers, essential oils, and the nature around us on your Green Path journey from her book.
Lafean currently resides in Fort Irwin, California. Lafean’s husband Evan is currently serving as a soldier in the U.S Army. Her hometown is Port Huron Michigan. Both Evan and Victoria hope to return after Evan completes his military service.