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Why an outdoor healing journey and how to get started

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  1. Overview
  2. Why heal in the wild?
  3. Where to start
  4. Walking meditation
  5. Storytelling
  6. Self resilience
  7. The invitation
  8. Your next step
  9. Listen to Project Mindfully Outdoors Podcast

We all carry this book with us thought out our life. It’s pages are written one page at time. This makes up the life that live. The arch of that story is filled with its share ups and downs, it also is layered with it’s fair share of obstacles. Each and every page that is written not only stays with but also shapes the way navigate through the world.

The events of our life’s both good and bad very quickly fill the backpack that we have carry. Which leaves us having to decide what to hold on to and what to let go of. While the obstacles represent the adventure and circumstances of the journey. It the becomes our job to decide what we take with us along the path we walk.

While the grip and grin moments of the story are ones we willingly hold on to. It’s the effects of the life’s wounds that we have to heal. That process is made even more complicated when you then factor in the need to adapt to and over come the obstacles of the world around.

It’s the adapting precess and those wounds we collect that can effect that leave the soul drained and lacking the ability to truly breath. It’s the soul’s fatigue that leaves us lacking in will power and drive to achieve our true potential.

When the soul is wounded we feel this internal aching feel that leaves us feeling out of place within the world around us. The effect of feeling so out of drained brings with it this thrust inside of soul that causes this is need to seek out the lake of healing and drink from that body of water until our soul is soothed.

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Why heal in the wild?

The most amazing feature that Mother Nature has to offer, is that all of her healing powers at our fingertips. You just to be willing to swim the stream she shows you. In the wildness every trail and river leads to somewhere, and that somewhere for us is the lake of healing.

Just like how a river holds many depths and obstructions. That it’s inhabitants have navigate daily to for fill their needs such as safety, substance, and growth. By achieving those needs they are allowed the freedom of gifts that the wildness holds.

The same is true for us. The outdoor space is the most freeing and safest places to explore and heal those wounds. The wilderness is a place that is free of judgement and the pressures of daily life. It’s a space that brings you into the moment and causes you relay on current skillset while leading you to develop new ones.

The rivers and paths that lead us to the lake of healing offer you many different avenues to explore what lays beneath those wounds that you only bandaged up so you could keep moving along the streets of every day life.

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Where to start

Wether your new to the outdoors or a seasoned veteran in the field, one thing you quickly discover is that tools required to under go a healing journey already lay within us. They just need to be honed. Becoming aware of the functions and skills we already use in the field. By applying them to daily life gives birth to the practice that fosters both the healing and development we are seeking.

When your looking for a way point to begin the journey. There are three really helpful aspects that can build the foundation for the anvil we will use build a better way of life

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Walking meditation

Hiking can provide not only some most beautiful backdrops for the adventurous we enjoy. It also provides you with the opportunity to tap into check in on yourself while also tapping into Mother Nature herself.

There really are basic techniques at play when it comes to walking meditation. The first is being precent. What this means is to be aware of yourself and the surroundings your in. By noticing how the body feels durning the act of hiking, also how the environment feels and responds to your presents.

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Our world was made based upon stories. Information that was passed down from generation to generation for the purpose of teaching. In this modern area those lessons can be accessed in so many different forms. We consume a vast amount of information everyday. That we must be mindful of where we gather all information from and what we allow to stick with us.

What’s more is that we almost be aware of the other form of storytelling we subjected to. The ones that we tell ourselves. The internal dialogue is one of the most power influences upon our story. It is also a one of the most fragile aspects of the human experience. Because it can be molded and shaped by not only stories we are told but the world around us.

This is why we must change the shape of the stories we feed our mind. Instead of soaking up all the fruitless information that is floating around todays world. Allow the Curiosity of the past and ancient wisdom locked within the sands of time to enrich the stories you tell yourself.

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Self resilience

Resilience is a trait we are born with. Yet it’s also one that we take for granted. How many times have you successfully navigated your way through a difficult event only to move on to the next? Or after you reached the finish line said to yourself “ I never knew I could do that.”

Each trip into the wildness is like walking into the unknown. While we have some of the best tools imaginable to predict what we will walk into. Those predictions are not fool proof. They are just a guess at best. Letting you to have endure weather and obstacles that are always changing. All of these factors work in harmony to teach you to be resilience and trust in yourself. You will find yourself stopping countless times along the way to acknowledge that “you over came”.

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The invitation

To fully embrace the wildness is calling that sits deep within each of us. When you step into the wide open space of the outdoors there are so many gifts waiting at the trailhead for you.

To tap into that primal and more simpler would you are freed to drink of the wisdom and healing Mother Nature has for you.

Your here reading this because you call feel it within your soul. I invite you to join our camp, to heal, and grow into the person that both nature and you know you can be. Which is the first steps to the investment within yourself to heal.

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Your next step

Listen to Project Mindfully Outdoors Podcast


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