-Nature taught me the power of being gentle and attentive. If I was to neglect my plants they would undoubtedly begin to lose life. On the days when I feel I am beginning to neglect my own health, I take a step back, and rather than forcing myself through the task at hand, I involve myself in an activity that will help clear the cobwebs from my mind, indulge in a big cup of herbal tea and a homemade desert, or do something that won’t demand too much of my energy. Our greatest results come when we nurture and nourish ourselves, externally and internally, and it is all about balance. The food we eat, the thoughts we tell ourselves, the little rituals we do throughout our day to help promote more positivity and inspire greater peace of mind. All of these things influence and shape our environment and therefore determine how much we grow.
-Nature taught me the beauty in being different : that we come in all shapes and sizes, and there is no need for comparison. There are oak trees that resemble beautiful giants, towering over our garden hedge, casting shadows over the lawn forever reminding me of their powerful presence. There is a willow tree that invites my imagination to picture an elegant and wise old lady with long ravishing silver hair. There are the little apple trees in our orchard with branches that twist and turn in all directions, accompanied by little pink cox apples and golden and green cooking apples hanging from almost each and every branch, and ones we often use to make apple crumble. And then there are the tall graceful fur trees that keep their bristles throughout the year and always remind me of a world that resembles Narnia during the colder months when snow rests upon their needles. These trees all serve a purpose. These trees all posses their own beauty, wisdom and strength, and each remind me of how this holds true for us. That we need not compete or compare, for our only concern is to do what we must to discover the greatness we are truly capable of, one we all possess within ourselves, that we will undoubtedly discover if we are willing to nurture and love ourselves by creating the right environment for our growth, and discover, develop and share the unique gift that each of us harbours. And lastly and maybe most importantly…
-Nature taught me that loosing everything is ok. During winter the trees do not cry when their leaves fall. They accept it, in knowing that spring will birth new leaves into existence, ones equally or maybe even more beautiful than the last. We so often mourn for what we have lost, the identity we have shed or what we left behind, the idea of who we thought we should be and have not yet become. We so often fight change and inhibit ourselves from recognising the beauty in it, and the necessity of it. But how can we move ahead if we are weighed down holding onto our past selves and stories. Nature taught me that it is ok to be lost and to lose, to no longer know who you are or know your place in the world, it is ok that what once served you or made you happy, no longer does. These are the phases we enter during the times in our lives when we have the opportunity to witness ourselves becoming more powerful that we could ever dream of. I truly believe that these moments in which we are deeply challenged, conflicted and confused, are the ones in which we have the opportunity to find treasures amidst the fog, if only we are willing to trust in the flow of life, and realise that whatever we lose, will be replaced with a much stronger, more resilient and powerful version of our former selves, if we give ourselves time, and do not force, do not rush.
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 & Conscious living, Wellness & Humanitarian issues. 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, and an online platform called Vegans & Elephants, 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. She has several qualifications in nutritional therapy, culinary medicine & holistic healing. You can find out more on what she is doing over at the Earth Children Facebook Page!
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