Going Back to Our Nature: Lessons from Soil and Nature For Work and Home
Homage to Earth Day
Good soil needs little to no amendment, work, nor fertilizer soil scientists will tell you. It naturally takes care of itself, and is able to keep insects down while growing beautiful plants and nutritious food. In fact when we tamper with it, it can lose its natural balance and get expensive in its fertilizer and time needs.
Humans are the same. Our natural state is healthy and balanced. Our emotions inform us. Creative and trusting. Honest. Eager to learn. Enthusiastic. Present. Courageous. Unlimited. This is who we are at birth.
As we progress through the education system and workplace, we often lose these attributes: we are asked to stay within the realm of “normal.” Replacing them with quick judgments, objectivity stripped of emotional connection, and even skepticism. In the superhuman drive for results and ever-improved performance, we can lose our passion and our creative impetus. Courage declines when we need to hold on to job security or we are drained from trying to speak our truth. Retaining our true nature is difficult in the face of surviving and getting through our days. Our context shapes who we become.
Yet going back to our nature is critical. Operating from these natural attributes is much more likely to generate workable options for more complex issues than the limited focus and push of the daily grind. The challenges we face in business, families, communities and our relationship with planet earth require relevant solutions outside the realm of “normal.” Is “normal” even relevant? Will more of the same work any more? These problems require us to step back and look at the bigger picture, considering wholly different perspectives from our everyday focus, and asking what our personal contribution to this collective story is and can be.
How do we “go back to our true nature?” It starts with, “I choose…”
I choose to:
· Take time away from the norm
· Learn from Mother Nature (bio-mimicry and all that)
· Meet with people who have different backgrounds, interests and perspectives who may stretch my comfort zone
· Work on something specific within my realm of influence
· Allow inspiration to happen rather than push towards something.
The further away we move our own pure nature and even nature, the further away we move from real and sustainable solutions.
Research from Yellowstone National Park reveals how, when allowing an area to go back to its natural state, outcomes beyond our imagination occur. By re-introducing wolves scientists found that there is a certain number of wolves that creates a cascade of results beyond wildlife re-balancing and plant and tree rehabilitation. Outcomes included rivers changing their route – big healthy land-changing outcomes.
Watch this compelling film summary of the Yellowstone research
This is a metaphor for how our businesses and communities can also rejuvenate through going back to our natural state – the best of human nature inter-connected for dynamic health and sustainability.
Back to Our Nature Opportunities:
May 9 – Renewal Retreat in Dripping Springs, TX, near Austin.
Healing Qigong Practice * Core Desire Collage * Horse Experience * Labyrinth Walk
Join our community of action to “move the dial” on your projects via women leading in partnership with men in business and community: www.leadersforgood.ning.com
Sign up for the research from our Women’s Action Tanks in San Francisco and Austin, TX by contacting Sheila@thewindhorsejourney.com
Leading for Good MasterMind Group starting May 12
Delve into topics about new paradigms in leading that reflect your philosophy and values, practice core change skills to bridge from current reality to where you want to go, transform inner and outer conflict, learn self-care and sustainability tools to keep you on course, connect with a supportive community of action.
Women Leading Programs
Have women’s leadership groups and programs in your company or a community project focused on youth or leading? Sign up for a Women’s Action Tank event in your company or for a women leading program: http://leadersforgood.ning.com/programs
Webinar on “Shift from Stress to Happiness.” Wednesday May 28, 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm CST. $30
Explore the link between stress and reduced performance, and learn how to shift to happiness using tools to reach coherence and boost productivity whilst enjoying life (challenges and all) more. Learn more
Upcoming Monthly Webinar: Everyday Tools for Enjoying Life More
Learn how to shift from stress to happiness through everyday, easy to apply, quick tools. Learn more
Sheila Armitage helps individuals and organizations adopt everyday resilience practices that boost work, home, and health.