This year, I want to turn Valentine’s Day on its head. Forget about cupid, candy and flowers. It’s time to show yourself some love. I’m not talking about brunch or a bubble bath. I want to encourage you to do something that truly fills your heart with joy and brings peace to your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a relationship… it’s time to find your own individual spark and love yourself unconditionally.
What makes your heart sing? Make time this week to explore this idea, then set a date with yourself. Maybe it’s a paddle on your favorite lake or river, a stroll through a botanical garden, birdwatching in a nature preserve, a bike ride on a scenic trail… these are just a few examples to get the juices flowing, but the sky is the limit!
For me, it’s dipping my toes in the ocean, maybe finding some sea glass or pretty shells as I stroll along the beach. It's not a brisk walk for fitness, this is a leisurely wander where I breathe in the salty air, let the rolling waves soothe my soul, maybe watch the sun rise or set. Before I part, I’ll pick up some litter, a little token of reciprocity and love to return to Mother Earth.
Need some inspiration? Join me for a remotely guided nature therapy experience at 10 a.m. Eastern on Sunday, Feb. 14 where we’ll focus on self-love and self-care. Indulge in this restorative sensory experience, live via Zoom. This heart-centered approach to forest bathing supports overall wellbeing and cultural repair by fostering a deeper relationship with the earth, yourself and the global community.
Join from the comfort of your own yard or living room as your guide broadcasts live from the restorative Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The experience culminates in a virtual tea ceremony. Detailed instructions provided upon registration.
Register here, then click on Virtual Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy. Suggested donation: $20. This practice is available to everyone, regardless of economic status. Pay what you can afford. If you're facing financial hardship, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a full scholarship. If you're a health care provider or veteran, I thank you for your service. Email email@example.com for your complimentary promo code.
About the Author
Kelly Bruce is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide/Trail Consultant and the founder of Natural Wanders. She leads forest bathing and nature therapy walks in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Subscribe to her e-newsletter for more inspiration from nature and to learn about upcoming walks, workshops and retreats. Each Wednesday, she’ll provide inspiration to help you wander into wellness, naturally. In the meantime, follow along on Instagram and Facebook.
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Welcome! I'm Kelly Bruce, a certified nature and forest therapy guide. Join me each week for Wander and Wellness Wednesdays, where I provide inspiration to help you improve your overall wellbeing, naturally!