I love picking flowers. My earliest memories are of being on the small farm I grew up on near Mount Rainier and picking bouquets of wild buttercup, daisies, and mint. There is nothing more grounding for my busy self like being in nature and picking flowers. To this day, every lunch hour during my work week, I go for a run down a rural road in Gig Harbor and pick the wild mint and flowers that line the roadway. I bring them back to my clinic and fill the reception area with nature’s treasures. Every time I go to fill up my tea in between patients I see the wild flowers and it regrounds me in the middle of whatever I am doing. I try to practice this mindfulness in all that I do every day. I am not perfect at this, nor do I try to be; I know that life requires patience and flexibility in order for me to be truly happy. Because I have small windows of time to breathe as I transition from home life to work life and then back home again, I honor these tiny moments of mindfulness that connect and make up my life.
Find what connects you to nature and helps to ground you and repeat. It can be making the perfect cup of herbal tea, spending time with your children when they ask you to play with them and really be present, taking a few deep breaths outside, going for a run or walk, visiting someone who may be suffering or lonely. Whatever it is that enriches you and allows you to connect and ground in this life, then practice, practice, practice.
Yours in health and happiness,
Peninsula Natural Health Center
President, Medical Director