Centering in Nature
This past weekend I took some time in nature. Nature seems to be my go to when I need time to think, find clarity and just be. I always feel very good when I’m there and energized when leaving. I believe this is in part from actual nature and as I’m usually active, getting sunshine and sleeping when it’s dark and up when its light. I camped at Cerro Alto Camground in the Las Padres National Forrest (east of Morro Bay). On Saturday I drove over to Montana de Oro State Park and hiked/walked around the beach. It was just spectacular seeing and hearing the ocean and getting exercise. Sunday morning after a quick breakfast and coffee I stayed at my camp ground and hiked up to Cerro Alto Peak, which at the top I had a 360 degree view of the whole county. Cold and beautiful.
This centering/balancing time is huge in life as most of you know. Each of us has to find our own balance. Whether it be with work, fitness, spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, hydration, recreation/play and or relationships. In this process of centering and finding balance we often hit the outer edges or upper limits in other areas, which can often be a sign to come back to the center. Getting calibrated is an important part of life and requires us being comfortable with getting uncomfortable. I often don’t like to go to the extremes, but I remind myself that it ok to bump up against them as it’s just a reminder of where I’m at.
I’ll leave you with a verse from Back to the Middle by favorite artist India.Arie.
“You must take the good with the bad, and you might hit the wall
Sometimes you’ll fly and sometimes you’ll fall
There isn’t any way, to avoid the pain
But it’s getting burned, that’s how you will learn
To come back to the middle”
“CFLA Mobility Test”
100 Double unders
15 Overhead squats (95/65)
20 Lateral burpees
Max Effort Bench press (BW / ⅔ BW)
Max Effort Kipping Pullups