Come walk with me. It’s a crisp winter afternoon in Southern California, where the leaves are finally changing colors and showcasing their vibrant beauty. Some leaves have a berry like tint whereas others are content in there emerald greenery. Most leaves have withered away from the cold of the season, while others remain intact upon tree tops. The air is so clean and inviting, almost as if reaching out to embrace those in its path.

 I often go for walks with my mom which serves as a time of healing for us. I cherish this time the most because it gives me a chance to become one with nature, while I pour out my thoughts, feelings and dreams. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we forget to designate time for ourselves. We don’t give ourselves the opportunity to gather our thoughts of the present moment, while reflecting on the past. In today’s fast paced lifestyle, I encourage you to spend more time in nature and embrace its healing properties. Rather than isolating yourself at a desk or burying your face in your cell phone, put everything aside for a few moments and breathe in the fresh air. At the end of the day, take a walk around your neighborhood and expel all the negative thoughts and baggage of the day. Yell out one positive affirmation, such as “today was a great day,” or “I’m going to get started on that project I’ve been putting off.” Sharing your goals and dreams with the universe relieves some of the burden in your mind and makes room for creative thoughts and actions. Capture all the beauty around you and take away something positive when you leave.

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

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