A good portion of my career was spent in nature conservation. I would travel to South America a few times a year to work with colleagues on protecting the forest and wetlands of various countries from being converted for agricultural production.
I had such privilege to work for an organization focused on preserving the world's most beautiful nature - and never took a moment in that time to recognize the healing impact nature had on me. I did learn, however, how to truly appreciate the moments I was granted to spend time in the Pantanal, the Atlantic Forest, the Chiquitano, the Galapagos...and to recognize how energized I felt at the end of each trip to the field.
When I allow myself to fully immerse myself in nature, I feel peaceful, calm, and centered. Every time my feet touch the ground or the wind whips my face I feel my heart rate slow down and I feel an aliveness - different from the one I experience in the city.
When do you feel most connected to your aliveness? How do you honor it?
Amanda is Leadership Coach. She loves loves helping career-driven women clarify their vision and summon the courage to make big changes in their lives. She also loves cats.