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Want To Be Happier And Healthier? Try Natural Décor

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I’m pleased to welcome Megan Wild as my guest Connection Messenger* this week. I’ve written so much about the joy of connecting with nature outdoors, but I thought Megan’s approach to bringing nature indoors and incorporating plants into our décor was worth sharing. I love that she included links to studies that support the reasons we […]

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Nature’s Perfect Timing

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Today’s guest blogger, Esther Miller, is our Nature Connection Messenger.* From her new home in central, coastal California, she shares her wonderful observations of gardens, outdoors, and…of course…living! These are such rich, beautiful connections.   Reflections on messiness Elizabeth’s recent post about the messiness of changing seasons (“Changing Seasons Can Be Messy”) explains my life quite […]

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Nature Is Speaking, But Are We Listening?

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Nature is speaking… One of my most urgent messages to you about our connection with nature is that it is a gift from our Creator and an essential part of our physical and spiritual well-being. That’s a day-in-day-out reality. …but are we listening? Thinking longer term, however, if we don’t strive to protect our natural […]

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How Walking Has Opened The Door To A Beautiful New World

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Walking for exercise became walking for exploration Back in early March, when I bought myself a Fitbit Flex Wristband, I had no idea I would be unleashing my inner naturalist. A Fitbit is one of those little thing-a-ma-jiggies (see picture and Amazon link at the bottom of this post) you either clip or strap to your body to […]

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Get Outside In The Winter!

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He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter…. In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. ~John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” 1866 Get outside […]

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Earth Day 2014: Honoring Our Island Home

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I am committed to strengthening my own connections to the natural world around me and to encouraging others to do the same. I do this for two reasons: 1) it simply makes me happier to appreciate nature more and 2) I don’t believe we’ll work to preserve something we don’t care about, so it’s important […]

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Can You Separate The Threads Of Life’s Essential Connections?

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis almost became a Christian blog Until I recently established an editorial schedule of writing about each of the four essential life connections at least twice a month, I found myself gravitating towards writing about my spiritual journey more often than any other topic. Blog gurus suggest the more […]

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3 Great Apps For Nature Lovers

Smartphone users have amazing apps that enhance and facilitate access to information they want when they’re on the go. I’m just discovering some fantastic apps to help me achieve my goal of becoming more knowledgeable and aware of the natural world around me. Here are three of the most interesting I’ve discovered recently. Two of […]

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Painting Outdoors: Profound Connection With Nature

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Welcome to guest blogger and plein air impressionist painter Kathleen Robison. I asked her to share the perspective of an artist, because to create her wonderful pieces, she must commune with nature in a unique way. I am trying to learn to be more observant about the natural world around me, and I can imagine […]

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Make The Quiet Times Happen

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Welcome to guest blogger and Connection Messenger, Mark E. Johnson. Read more about Mark below. His piece reminds us that life’s precious connections—in this case Connection with God and Connection with Nature—often intersect with powerful impact on our experience of each.  ——————————– This morning, Holly and I had the honor and privilege of listening to […]

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Flower Secrets Revealed

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Welcome to guest blogger Patricia Hall, who shares some fascinating tidbits about flowers and the meanings they have in different cultures and religions. Does your favorite flower have a hidden meaning that adds to its beauty and mystery? EHC ____________________________________________ Flowers carry meaning for the world Flowers carry a wealth of meanings. As cultural symbols […]

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Moths: always seeking the light

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I love learning about the natural world around me, and I am constantly nudging myself to be more observant and ask more questions so I’ll understand what I’m looking at. Connecting with nature and being more conversant about the things I see every day gives me great joy and pleasure. I follow the blogs of […]

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How many tits can a titmouse tit?

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It’s Friday It’s also 60 degrees and sunny outside, and I’m feeling downright giddy (and silly)! This short post to end Connect with Nature week here at Heartspoken simply shares the link to a wonderful piece called An Ode to the Titmouse by my friend and Connection Messenger April Moore. Posted last week on her […]

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13 great reasons to start a nature journal

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It’s “Connect with Nature” Week at Heartspoken.com. The fourth week of each month this year will focus on ways to strengthen your connection with nature and the natural world around you. Whether you live in the country or in a high rise apartment, there are ways to become more aware and more connected to your […]

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Stress Reduction Secret Combo: Nature and Paper Pitching

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The following is a guest blog post by Connection Messenger Debbie Bowie, a professional organizer and feng shui practitioner whose lecture and book have helped me completely revamp my home office space from one I hated to enter into one that is warm, inviting, less cluttered, and productive. I’ve written in greater detail HERE about how […]

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Closing the Circle of Nature

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One glorious summer morning years ago I left my children with their grandparents in a small town in Iowa and went off to my first encounter with virgin tall-grass prairie. Armed with field guides and an indistinct map, I wandered down washboard gravel roads, not sure I’d recognize prairie when I found it. I did […]

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Save our Forests: One Woman’s Crusade

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  “Forests are the lungs of our Planet!” What an inspiration to learn about one young woman’s efforts to save the forests of our earth. Aparna Mulberry of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is on a mission. You’ll enjoy this short video that she created as an audition for a chance to go to Borneo as […]

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Connect with your Inner Artist

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It is with deep sadness that I tell you Jackie Catterton died in early spring, 2014. Her light and love will live on in the legacy of her kindness and her art. I will miss her. Introducing Nature Connection Messenger/Artist: Jackie Catteron Sometimes you come across a work of art that is so full of […]

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Weirdly Wonderful Orchid Sex

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOkay, so call me a voyeur, but Mother Nature has really outdone herself in devising clever ways to ensure that her beautiful creations propagate themselves successfully. I was mesmerized listening to NPR’s Science Friday yesterday as Flora Lichtman regaled listeners with “An Orchid Explosion:” the story of the orchid […]

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The Beauty of the Wild…

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Let the beauty of the wild leave footprints on your heart.” Peggy Anderson Sometimes my need for the wild…for touching the natural world…is so overwhelming, I just have to stop and go outside for awhile. I am blessed to live in the Shenandoah Valley, where my ability to do this is just a few steps […]

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