Just like environment influences the outcome of the seeds we plant, it shapes us into the souls we are. However, environment is not just a matter of what we are surrounded by, such as our friends our family, our activities and other external factors, all that play a huge role in influencing the characters we become, environment is equally about what we hold internally. It occurred to me that in spite of providing myself with an environment outwardly, qualified to generate an energy and atmosphere I could exist in, in order to excel in my work, I had greatly neglected the environment I resided in within my head. I forced my way through most moments of my life, pushing to accomplish, even at times when I was desperately over taxed and physically and emotionally in need of rest, but I would forever fight myself, in fear of missing the opportunity to move forward. In the end I hindered my own progress by collapsing with chronic fatigue.
It is the downfall of many of us, bombarded by cultural conditioning that continues to emphasise the correlation between external success and self-worth, while neglecting to mention the necessity of developing a healthier inward relationship with ourselves, in order to work without being destructive to our overall health. We live in an age where we are faced with greater demands, more competition, unhealthy expectations and very little value given towards the importance of recovery time for our emotional health. It is no wonder most of us are fraught with such conflict regarding our self-esteem, self-worth and peace of mind. The world’s definition of what it means to be a valuable member of society, has become greatly warped and corrupted to a point where many of us, no longer feel we can cope with the demands required.
What nature taught me :
-Nature taught me that environment is everything. That you can take the most developed soul and put them into a toxic and suffocating environment, eventually they will wilt, and cease to grow. And vice versa, you can take the most broken and lost of souls and provide them with an environment that stimulates their senses and supports their potential, and they will develop a heart that is pure of intention, and expand beyond their own expectations.
-Nature taught me to listen To have a better understanding of my own internal dialogue and how greatly culture and social normalities have distorted and disrupted my own natural rhythm. Nature taught me to silence my mind, and erase the noise of unwanted outsiders and remember the following : I decide who I need to be in this world for myself, and nobody else. I decide what success means to me, not society. I decide what happiness means to me, and I need not clutter my life with unnecessary distractions or superficial forms of entertainment, but instead, that which feed and strengthen my soul. I decide which people will support, stimulate and encourage me the most, and I need not make time for negative influences that will drain me of my energy.
-Nature taught me to not rush. That the most magnificent and astounding of results, take time, and nothing is rushed. Nature gives itself time to restore during the cycle of the seasons, and so should we. The plants do not scream, shout and beat themselves up for not growing at a desired speed. They give themselves the exact amount of time they need, and the results never fail to be wonderful. Why not treat ourselves with more compassion, rather than battering ourselves with unkind words? We too often criticize and demean ourselves for not being all of what we expect, at a time when we expect ourselves to be, when instead, we could talk to ourselves the way we would a child, with reassurance and words of encouragement that remind us we are doing the best we can, and we are always deserving of love, regardless as to whether our goal was reached today, or not. Nature does not rush, and neither should we, for all will be achieved, if we our gentle, patient, and give ourselves the time we need.
About the author
Jwaydan Moyine is a classically trained Film Composer, Pianist, Cellist, Singer/Songwriter, and a Writer and Entrepreneur. She founded Earth Children to bring awareness to matters regarding the Environment, Animal welfare, Sustainable living, Organic gardening, Wellness & Conscious living. She is heavily involved with activism for animal welfare in the UK and Egypt and child welfare in Syria, Thailand and Romania. She resides in Berkshire Running an organic food farm, an organic skincare company, Writing and bringing awareness to matters regarding the Planet, Plant based nutrition, Cruelty free living & the necessity of adapting to Veganism for the sake of Sustainability, Animal welfare and our health. You can find out more on what she is doing over at the Earth Children Facebook Page!
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