I never thought work-related stress and burnout would ever happen to me, but I clearly remember the day ‘I broke’ and emotional life tumbled out of control. For many weeks, I felt guilty and found it hard to accept my feelings. Perhaps, I was imagining things?
I have to learn to live with life and not try to work against it. But how and where can I learn? I think I have found a teacher in the natural world. The rhythm and cycle of nature show me if I am prepared to listen.
Did you know that our bodies are a little like the beautifully crafted mechanisms inside a watch? Did you know that many of our modern lifestyle choices are causing untold damage to the finely balanced workings of our psychological health?
Time in nature always de-stresses me and clears my head. I know from countless previous experiences that nature would be waiting with some small delight to thrill and inspire.
Was it wrong of me to be envious of the blackbird, as I stood under the beach tree in the garden listening to him sing? When he flew away, I was jealous. He had his freedom and I, in lockdown, did not. In some ways, I thought it ironic that nature benefits in this time [...]