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Here's to 'Ah-Ha' Moments that Come from Nature

By Sandy Schroeder

I am a great one for sitting with a computer list, or a pad of yellow paper, to figure things out, but I also welcome "ah-ha" moments and creative flashes that simply show up with amazing answers.

Flower alchemist Katie Hess, founder of Lotus Wei, author of Flowerevolution, says, “Nothing is ever figured out by figuring it out. Insights come in flashes, ah-ha moments and tiny breakthroughs. Go outside, sit under a tree and take a few minutes to notice what’s around you.”

Taking a cue from Hess, we might consider following our intuition, enjoying nature, being outside as much as possible, and welcoming breakthroughs however they occur.

Being intuitive - Most of us pick up on good vibes or bad ones, filled with positive intentions or spilling over with negativity. Hess points out plants are full of energy, too, as she invites us to focus on the positive vibes of flowers. If you are a fan of floral gardens, find one near you and plan to go there with friends as spring begins to bloom. There are a couple near me, and they never fail to inspire me.

Savoring nature - All of us have favorite spots that soothe the nerves and re-energize the spirit. Yours may be in the hills, near the water or in a special wooded spot. Do the homework to find more special spots near you for family outings or simple getaways. I have a friend who is an architect and nature lover. He says he has done some of his best work camping in national parks.

Being outside more - In the winter months it’s easy to stay in more, but the mood lifts might make it worth the effort to walk before breakfast, or run in the evening. Taking kids with you for walks after work makes sure they get some time outside, too.

Green rooms, patios, backyard retreats - As we move into spring, it might be time to create a private spot with more plants, inside or out, to just sit quietly and breathe deeply after a long day, or slip into a brief meditation.

Welcoming breakthroughs - Some days are effortless. New ideas just keep popping up. Other days can be a little maddening, especially if you have a project waiting. We should probably all look for ways to inspire breakthroughs. Many friends say they have their most creative moments when they are out there walking. A few tell me their mind relaxes and focuses when they slip into their favorite chair by the fire or near a window. Others recommend getting up before everyone else to savor the quiet and let the mind roam.

In a hectic world we may all benefit from more time in quiet spots to pause and re-energize.

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