A walk in nature walks the soul back home.
~ Mary Davis
When we have experienced trauma, when we are struggling with depression or anxiety, or we are experiencing intense and maybe overwhelming emotions, we often feel disconnected from ourselves, from others and from the world. Spending time in nature can offer a way back to ourselves, it can support us in accessing a sense of calm and safety, and help us regain our footing in the present moment. The wild has the capacity to hold space for those emotions that often feel too big or too loud. It can offer a moment of reset, creating opportunities to approach challenges from a new perspective.
Nature has so much to offer and recent neuroscience backs this up. Some trees for example release oils that activate our parasympathetic nervous system, bringing us to a sense of calm. This same branch of our nervous system is turned on by bodies of moving water, once more supporting us in feeling grounded. Indigenous peoples have acknowledged these effects for thousands of years, using land-based healing practices since time immemorial.
I invite you to join me for a walk in the forest, or spend some time sitting by a lake or a river. Together we can explore how being in nature can support you on your healing journey, on your journey back to yourself. Walk-and-talk sessions are 50 minutes long and can take place in an outdoor space near you (limited to Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam).
[email protected] 672-999-9492
Morning Light Counselling is located on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Kwikwetlem Nations of the Coast Salish peoples.