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High in the Colorado Rockies this is an opportunity to get out in nature in a not-so-typical way. It’s more than a walk in the woods!  This is a 3-day opportunity to get away from our usual habitual ways to create a more empowering outlook on life!  If you love being in nature and are ready for additional ease, enhanced enjoyment of life and increased vitality, this is your trip!

This is a 3-day snowshoe hut trip with the focus on deepening our awareness of ourselves and our place in nature. By learning and doing what is true  for ourselves we increase our chances of reducing stress, while adding richness and joy to our lives. For more information, please visit- http://www.meetup.com/The-Path-Coaching-Nature-Connection-Boulder/events/49915632/

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How do you enjoy your summer?

As my intent is to help people live happier and healthier lives, not only do we need to be doing things that are healthy, but we need to choose actions and events that make us happy. Truly authentic happiness, what our soul screams for, not just happy because of…(whatever reason fits)

If you think about it, what really gives you that satisfying feeling of belonging and joy? For me, it’s being in nature, having deep, meaningful conversations and being absorbed in a creative project.

So what does this have to do with enjoying summer? Well, it’s doing those things that are meaningful to you, that give you that deep sense of satisfaction that help us to enjoy our time. So is it trips with family? Playing? Drawing? Having quiet? Gathering with a few important folks? Stretching or Exercising? Making wonderful meals?

How can you better enjoy summer?

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Preparing for a new series- Nature Explorations. This is an opportunity to be in nature, deepen our understanding of our self and our relationship to others and the natural world.

Next Full Moon Hike, Tuesday June 14, 6pm
* Interested in breaking away mentally and physically from the work week?
* Would you like a new experience of being outdoors?
* Want to enhance your experience of life while moving your body?

Come join us each month for an opportunity to break from your usual routine and connect with the world around you. Learn about the local environment and perhaps discover something new about yourself!

All full moon explorations are free and set at a slow to moderate pace lasting 1-3 hours. Locations vary along the Front Range. Plan for weather, bring sturdy shoes, water, and a snack.

New Nature Exploration Programs- Seeing your life through the trees
Explore life themes such as awareness, curiosity, trust and change, in this on-going series of outdoor adventures.

We will visit some of the most beautiful locations in our region.
Nature Explorations are Monthly- 3rd Saturday and last Monday, June thru September, 1st Saturday Session- June 18, 8:30am-10:30am, 1st Monday Session- June 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Contact Website for details.

Coming soon- Cougar Fitness!
Start or improve fitness in the great outdoors! This course will get you outside taking care of your physical, as well as other, aspects of your well-being. Have fun, get fit, explore your wild side, and release stress!
Summer classes starting in July!

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‘The longest journey is the journey inward, for he who has chosen his destiny has started upon his quest for the source of his being.’ Dag Hammarskjöld

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In caring for our well-being we need to look at the dimension of spirit. Spiritual wellness includes connecting to our higher self and the ability to find meaning in life. It gives us strength to cope with despair as well as feeling good about being alive. It may or may not include religion and could include nature.

You can step outside, or take yourself inside (reflection) to access this. You can go to church, practice yoga, meditate, create art or tend a garden. By doing what is important to you, you are feeding your soul; listening to your deeper self you are accessing your spiritual well-being.

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I spent a lot of time in nature. To see my latest findings, please visit http://naturewonderings.wordpress.com/. This, I think, is one of the best ways to care for my well-being.

There are so many ways to take care of ourselves, why do we spend so much time, instead, abusing ourselves? Please don’t answer that, I would rather read all the great ways to improve our health and wellness…

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I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can help people be healthier and happier. There are no assurances, if you take care of yourself you could, at least, improve your time on this earth. Fitness is one of the most important aspects of self-care and it can yield improved health in both the short-term and long-term, but improved wellness is a much bigger picture. You can access a higher level of wellbeing living here, and I’d like to share how.

Contrary to popular belief, the most important thing for us to do in taking care of our wellbeing is to just BREATHE! Unfortunately, most of us don’t breathe properly, and with the stress levels that most of us hold, shallow breathing is quite common (and detrimental to good health!). By breathing deeply, oxygen gets down deep into the cells of your body to feed all the organs and systems that require it for basic functions. Yes, you’ve survived up to this point without breathing deeply, yet doing this will help reduce stress, clear your mind and support you in being ‘present’ (notice) what is happening right now.

If you were to step outside for that deep breath, you could possibly also take in the beauty of the world around us. We are so fortunate to be alive! By appreciating this fact and absorbing the beauty around us, we make a deeper connection with our higher self. Taking 5 minutes might be all we need to bring our stress levels down and notice what we enjoy about our lives. You can take 5, can’t you?

And there is so much more to being well…I will share more in the next posting.

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A new direction, one that I go toward often, is the topic of a new blog. Please check out http://naturewonderings.wordpress.com/ for conversatons more directly tied to nature and what we learn from her.

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Many ask, What is wellness?  Many also ask, What is the connection between wellness and nature, or even, ourselves and nature?  This could be a long conversation, but I will just start to explore it now, and continue on over days.

I just returned from several days in the forest.  Often when I go, I feel inherently a connection, a sense of being.  Which of course is contrary to the occasional feeling living and interacting in our man-made cities and communities.   Don’t we all crave to be connected?  To ourselves, to our mates, and to others in the world.  Then, there is this connection to what is natural, or real.  Ok, real can be a concept, so let’s start with nature.  That which has not been influenced by man.  Ever notice the natural beauty around us?  It is everywhere, but most influencial and abundant in the wilderness.  What is this feeling?  Why are we drawn to it?

It is our connection to ourselves, to a higher form, to our source that we are drawn.  It is the connection we crave.  And to access this connection means to listen, and respond the what is real, natural, inherent in this world.  The quiet we seek, the answers we crave are in this connection.

I wonder what you and others may think… I invite you to explore what it means to you to be connected, to respond to nature, listen.   What is there for you?

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As I return from the wilderness, I once again am more fully aware of the life in the natural setting, and the one I have created here. I even caught myself saying when I returned, ‘back to real life’. But is it? That is a habit around how I see my daily life, sad but true. Real life. I had to laugh, I just spent 5 days in the wilderness, where life couldn’t be anymore organic and beautiful, and I am calling this that I do daily, real. As Bill the Cat would say, ‘Spffffft!’

So once again I have the opportunity to redefine what I call real life. It is always so apparent upon return. Connection-to me, to others; to write what I feel or express myself in some other way; to nurture and help grow others, often this shows up as plants, sometimes people; flow-no lists or agendas, and no to-dos! Do what ever is next, best to do, mostly to breathe in the beauty.

I wonder what is could be for you?

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