It’s definitely gotten hot here in Texas. With heat index values reaching as high as 109 this week, it’s hard to feel motivated to do anything outside at all. Even by 8 o’clock in the morning, I am wanting to stay in the shade. A popular saying around here is, “It’s stupid hot outside.”
It has officially quit raining, and even the weeds in the yard are looking stressed. The flower beds get regular water and the weeds there are outperforming the flowers. Unfortunately, due to the heat, weed pulling is minimal.
I managed to get some mowing done last weekend. It was a spur of the moment decision which ended 4 hours later. I am happy to have gotten it done though; Everywhere I mowed looks so much better. I am not sure I will have time to do any more mowing this weekend, but you never know.
I really enjoy being outside in nature, with the wild animals as well as my pets. There is so much going on around us all the time. It is so rejuvenating when I can slow down enough to notice the daily life of creatures who are living their own life separate from me and my world.
Even just being on the tractor allows me to see so many things that I miss when I am wrapped up in my own life. It’s a chance to escape my own reality and let my mind think about how amazing nature is. It reminds me that I have choices about how I choose to live and what perceptions I except as my own.
It is very grounding and centering to do this, and it is very necessary for me. I spend a lot of time interacting with people, and some require more energy than others. Some people are easy to be around, some require a real investment of energy, and others actually take energy from me.
People who take energy from me are called by some ‘energy vampires’. Fortunately, I do not have to associate with energy vampires very often. Probably the most exhausting experience I have with people are the ones I care the most about.
I want the best for everyone. I want them to be happy and live a rewarding and prosperous life. Sometimes, people make decisions that I wouldn’t make. When I see them struggling, it is frustrating for me. When they don’t take my advice, it is even more frustrating. You probably have experienced this with your own kids.
What really drains my energy though is people with negative attitudes. I’m talking about people who are never happy, and constantly complain; they never seem to be able to find the bright side of things.
Negatively minded people are hard to please and rarely have any positive energy to share. When I encounter people like that, I actually have to build up energy walls to keep that negative energy from attaching to me, which in itself is draining.
I actually have someone in my family who is negatively minded, as well as doesn’t take advice for improving her situation. There is no avoiding her because she depends on me to help her with things, so sometimes I really struggle to stay upbeat and motivated.
Life can seem overwhelming at times, and very, very frustrating when things don’t go as planned. One of the best ways I have found to restore sanity to my own mind is to get outside and get into nature.
Digging in the dirt, or sitting in the grass are the fastest ways to become grounded. Choosing something else to focus on instead of your problems releases the grasp your brain has on your spirit, and allows your body to relax.
Body, mind, and spirit are intricately linked together and can have a profound impact on a person’s wellbeing. That is why physical means of coping with a problem that is deeply rooted in the spirit do not work. Only when the issue is addressed through the mind in regard to the spirit’s trauma, and is supported with healthy habits for the body amazing transformation takes place.
It’s amazing the way being connected with nature can touch all three places within ourselves. Even if you don’t live in the country, you can find nature all around you. Allow yourself to become immersed in it on a regular basis; I highly recommend it.
Have a great weekend, and a fabulous next week!
Psalms 116:7 Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me.