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Sitting With Mother Nature


“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in.”
—George Washington Carver

We are officially one month into the spring season! In many places, it is warming up, and getting outdoors after a cold winter feels great! Tomorrow is Earth Day, and what better way to honor our precious planet than to pay Mother Nature a visit? If today or tomorrow does not work, look at your schedule and put this special one-on-one time between you and nature on your calendar!

Here’s a great way to begin: Find a place outside where you are not likely to be disturbed or that is at least somewhat private. Bring a folding chair or a blanket and sit under or near a tree. Take a seat and align your head, neck, and back. Soften your face and forehead, and feel the earth beneath you. Feel this magnificent planet supporting you, and feel your whole being rooted with it . . . connected with her.

Now, take a few deep breaths and feel the fresh air opening your lungs and the clean oxygen circulating through your bloodstream, throughout your arms and legs—from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.

Take a gentle look around you. Really look with Focus at the elements of nature: the sky, the clouds, the sun, the grass or soil, the trees, the birds, the flowers. Feel the wind. Notice and appreciate the beauty of the natural world, and experience the gift of being alive. Do this for a few minutes. When you are ready, close your eyes.

Now, just listen to the sounds of nature. If you hear people or cars, the birds singing or water rushing by in a creek, take them in and then let those sounds pass by the way you would a thought in your mind during meditation. Once you have taken them in, you can let them go by simply returning your focus to the natural world. Feel the air on your body, and breath in the fresh smells around you. Know that you are as important to this planet as the planet is to you.

Allow Mother Nature to speak to you in her whispers, calls, and shouts. Radhanath Swami said, “Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer.” So, with an open and receptive attitude, with no expectations or judgments, really tune in to the messages she wishes to share with you.

Sit this way for 5 minutes or so. (Set a gentle alarm if necessary.) When your time is up, open your eyes and feel the gratitude in your whole being for the beauty all around you. Thank Mother Nature for her great gift and your deep connectedness with her as you silently repeat your Sacred Mantra and go on with your day..

If our beautiful mother had a message for you, I would love for you to share below.


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.

Recharging Our Batteries


“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”
~e.e. Cummings

We spend a lot of time looking at things, don’t we—our laptops, our phones, our tablets, our work, our televisions? In so many instances, we’re spending a lot of time looking down at our devices and absorbed in these things rather than looking up and seeing the world that is right in front of our eyes.

This is so cool—who knew that today is an unofficial holiday called Look Up at the Sky Day?! I recently saw a cartoon in which a simply drawn character is lying on his back looking up at the sky. A second character asks what he is doing, and he responds that he is using his device: the sky. He goes on to say that his device comes with many apps, including the sun, the moon, clouds, birds, and stars. When the other character asks if his device needs to be recharged, the answer is, “No, my device recharges me.”

This is just the best! I love this cartoon because it is truly an example for all of us that often it’s simple things in life, the things that are right in front of us, like gazing up at the sky and feeling the sun on our skin, that can truly recharge us.

The simple act of looking up can shift our whole perspective in an instant. It can move us from sad and lonely to joyful and expansive. It is a reminder that all the electronic devices we use are impermanent, material items. Of course, they are certainly very useful, but let’s be aware of when they are taking too much of our attention away from life and we end up depleting our own personal batteries.

So, aside from sitting on top of a hill gazing into the sky, how do we recharge? I sit, close my eyes, and plug in to me first thing in the morning before looking at my phone, tablet, or computer. It is in this “sitting with myself,” collecting myself and my thoughts, that gives me a chance to look within to actually see and ask myself, What is it I want to focus on throughout the day? What do I want to “look” at?

Then, when I go out into the world having this awareness, I feel prepared to meet the day knowing who I am and what I want. When I start to feel stressed or off balance during the day, I can recharge, take a few deep breaths, and maybe even go outside and look up at the beautiful sky!

What is your routine for recharging your batteries? I would love to hear your stories.


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.