Have you ever wondered how to follow your heart into nature for healing? Or just how to follow your heart in general…? What it means to “follow your heart”…? Well, to me, it means trusting your intuition and that feeling inside that is drawn to do something, but maybe the answer is not apparent. If there is ever confusion, or fear, or pain residing in the mind or down into the heart chakra, a simple decision of moving your actual body into a different space can sometimes help bring momentum to clearing a blockage within…
That one act may stimulate another decision to commune with nature, or it could make you want to throw a shoe at the wall, I don’t know… but I recommend taking control of your mind and going into nature for healing instead of throwing a pity party, and this is why.
I’ll tell you a story to explain…
This past weekend we took a drive up 49 from where we live in Nevada City to explore the Yuba River and find some places to go hiking near Downieville in the Tahoe National Forest that we have called home for the past 2 years. I won’t be giving away exact locations of stops we made, but I’ll be showing images of beautiful areas we visited, because maybe even just looking at these images can bring you some sort of healing energy, or a reminder of the peace within you.
We are blessed to live only minutes from the Yuba River but we like to get out of the small community we live in sometimes- to more seclusion, and the road to Downieville and beyond offers that, so we hit the road.
Before we even got to Downieville we made a stop along the Yuba River to hang out for a while… The ice melt is flowing over the glacial stones and it is breathtakingly majestic to be near. I touched the water with my hand and my children dipped their feet, but I personally don’t like being super cold, so I won’t be emerging my body into these sacred waters until summer.
We didn’t know where we were headed when we left the house, other than “up the 49 toward Downieville”… Why did we choose that direction…? Well, we really didn’t think much about it at all, we just knew. So we followed are hearts, got in my Subaru and left. My husband drove because we take turns and that car is so fun to drive…
There are spots that are safe for children to play but the current could easily take them quickly if they fell in, so we kept 2 pairs of sharp eyes on them at all times when they played near the shoreline. The area we chose to chill at was calm and the rapids were out further as you can see the ripples… but I only let them be that super close for a few brief periods of time, and then would scoot them along so my nervous system would relax.
How to Follow Your Heart into Nature for Healing
Oh yeah… back to the topic here… So, you made the choice to get out and go… Depending on where you live and if you have a car or not, the place you end up “in nature” may look drastically different than the pictures I’m sharing… but trust me, I’ve gone out into my back yard when I lived in the hood in San Diego, and found Nature right under my prickly pear cactus in the dirt, sinking low enough so my neighbors couldn’t spy on me out their kitchen window… and it was still sacred space within my heart that led me there and helped me remember my connection to the earth and the universe… (Do what you gotta do, it’s all good.)
Mortars in the stones can be found throughout various locations in California that I’ve hiked, but this hole could possibly be a remnant of Gold Mining from years past. It is illegal to do so now, but panning is fine, and we do that for fun sometimes. Haven’t struck it rich with gold yet, but I feel like I did when I met my husband and birthed my children. I am so grateful for them and never take the gift of my family for granted.
My family has gone through so much together and we moved here two years ago to start fresh, and grow together… It hasn’t been easy at all, in fact some days have been very challenging.
Uprooting from San Diego was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but I followed my heart. It took about 2 years to get us to actually physically move here, after we had made that first decision to do so, because sometimes decisions are based on so many variables that even trying to think or say something out loud to help it happen is just a mini step closer to something that seems so far away, and it can be at times, basically not what we want exactly, but that’s why staying present where ever you are is the best choice, while you manifest each step forward again and again… things change slowly, and then sometimes, boom, you look around and you’re 10 hours away from where you were, sitting by a gushing river in the middle of the forest smiling… Are you trying to find ways to get closer to nature?
The river rocks are all shapes and sizes, with so many colors and designs. I could honestly look at them all day, and never get bored… Gratefully there was no trash in this area, but we did find some horrible looking graffiti (and I love graffiti art, but no one should be spray painting near this sacred land, especially kids who have no skills or respect.) If you hike in nature, don’t be an idiot. The whole point of how to follow your heart into nature for healing, is to actually pay attention and honor the sacred… not deface it and display ignorance.
Why nature? Well, why the heck not?! Nature is the most beautiful thing there is in this world. It’s why we’re here, I mean, we wouldn’t be here without it, right? Right… So when we remember that, there is awareness of our truth, and this turns to gratitude, and respect, and there is a silencing of the chatter… Nature tunes us into our self… Slows us down to listen. Just listening brings peace…
The children don’t need toys to have fun when they get to climb rocks, and find treasures, while playing games with drift wood and imagining playtime fantasies.
The energy of the Yuba River and the Tahoe National Forest is healing to the soul, and I love watching my children soften to the Spirit of the river and trees surrounding… The stones hold vibrations and stories that can be felt immediately… the reflexology of walking on the stones resets the body into a state of well-being, and encourages keen awareness, opening up to all of the senses, strengthening the intuition.
If you don’t have a river bed to stroll through, just take off your shoes… or put your bare hands into some soil, or on the bark of a tree. Read this article I wrote here called, Signs and Symbols in Nature.
While my husband watched the children play I found a quiet spot near him to ground my energy and release some back to the earth. I was holding a tiny rock I had found that spoke to me, and had my other hand on top of a smooth stone that had been warmed by the sun. As the water rushed passed me I allowed my mind stream to flow… I had an emotional week and meditation was much needed.
What makes a river so restful to people is that is doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”
~ Hal Boyle
I made this heart design in the water for a loved one on my husband’s side of the family who died last week from a tragic accident that left the whole family in shock. We were unable to attend the burial and my heart has been tender. I cried every day for like 4 days, but once I went hiking, I actually found the calm and peace, and let go… said goodbye… I said good bye to a lot the day we went hiking. Sometimes its really hard to do that. To let go. But during the Dark Moon phase it’s actually essential for moving forward…
Everything is so green in the forest right now… Life can be found in every crevice and turn of the head. It is humbling to watch the seasons here in this forest, and I am glad this year we had more rain then the last. I know its still not like it use to be, but its more than we’ve been use to!
My husband hiked up the hill a ways and sawed a little branch stub off a fallen tree that was tucked away over the hill, out of sight. He likes to sit and carve as his own form of meditation. The wood smelled so amazing and smelled stronger than normal for me. With senses heightened, everything is more enjoyable when you’re with loved ones close to nature. I don’t recommend sawing off branches everywhere you go, unless you are desperate for fire, but my husband is a Conservationist, and a Licensed Tree Feller, so I didn’t say anything about what he was doing… I liked that he only took one piece from a fallen tree in a spot that I doubt anyone will see for years.
Right now is a great time to connect with flowers and all sorts of nature spirits and wildlife… Check out this article I wrote here, called Flower Messengers and this one too… Intuition and Spirit Guides.
Before we left this sweet spot, we had a picnic and relaxed together with the sun at its peak. The shade was helpful but too much shade and the mosquitoes are bothersome, so always have some sort of protection.
When you really think about how to follow your heart into nature for healing… it’s simple. You just look outside your self to find life going on without your tiny human world within your mind, and then in that instant you reconnect with your soul, letting go of the image of “I am, this or that…” and it all becomes clear.
We wanted to go further up the 49, so we decided to leave before the sun started setting… We have been here many times and will return again. It’s one of our go-to spots, and the children are continuing to enjoy living here, even though they still miss the ocean and places we’d go frequently in San Diego… Crossing this bridge is fun and gives a perspective unattainable from the river basin.
At the beginning of this post I showed a picture looking to the North-East from this bridge, and the one below is looking to the South-West.
We got in the car and drove toward Downieville… We had plans to eat at a local restaurant before we headed home, so before we did that, we wanted to find somewhere to go hiking. As we passed through the town we admired the river once again as we crossed over the bridge in town and then for fun went across again and back around so we could go over another bridge we found that we’d never crossed before…
The mind is like that… You think you’re done, but universe is like, nope, you missed something, go back and rethink that or release your grip on that attachment too, and don’t forget to shut the door behind you…
Remembering how to follow your heart into nature for healing helps give you perspective. That’s basically it. A new outlook on life, or a reminder of what you knew before your trauma, confusion, stressful event, painful situation, or whatever sent you to this website reading this article… We all suffer. We’re human.
Healing comes from within, and we can tap into our inner strength when we are close to the natural world, that is the foundation for life and all living things. To lean into this awareness is so amazing and I am filled with joy and simply cannot contain it, I often laugh or cry tears of happiness just being in nature… The healing I feel happen within my mind * body * soul is spiritual and emotionally uplifting like nothing else… I feel free to play and just be. Without worrying about who sees or who cares or who thinks what about what…
Just be and let your inner child feel safe and loved. My inner child has a lot of wounding, but I don’t let people shame me for being the joker when the energy needs to shift. There is strong medicine in play, and I know it well.
But then we saw this… (Back to the lake I went to when we first moved here… Peace + Transformation with Lake Medicine.)
The serene waters… I’ll tell you a secret… Sometimes, instead of “following my heart into nature for healing” I just run a hot bath and light a candle and close the door. Add some salts and essential oils, and herbs to the water and soak. That’s my nature and healing. It really is… and that’s what I mean too… You don’t have to go anywhere or drive hundreds of miles to find the right spot. I just happen to live down the mountain from here because I decided a few years ago I had to live in the forest.
After the lake, we walked past a huge pond, and then eventually into a marshland… Which is where I felt so relaxed and in awe… The symbology of swamps and marshes, the water meeting the earth, and being a habitat for so many creatures fills my heart and we all were loving every step and noise, and scent on that path…
This boardwalk was so rad. Part of the trail was dirt, but the last mile was boardwalk over the watery marsh. This is where I truly felt at ease, like my soul had unloaded the weight of whatever had tried to cling to me, and we all just marched on feeling glorious and ready for dinner.
Road blocks happen, but there are other ways around things, and sometimes going up and over into higher awareness is what is needed, so go with the flow if there is one, and if not, then sit and be patient as you figure out what is best. Trust your heart, and your intuition, and don’t take anything personal that anyone tells you. Whether it is positive or negative, just keep a balanced mind state. Stay humble and trod on.
Bless your path ahead, and let me know if I could be of service to you in any way… I have a lot of offerings from my heart here… Spiral Elixir Services.