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Rediscovering what I thought was lost

My love for nature had been challenging to rekindle after battling and recovering from Lyme disease. However, I experienced a moment of realization last week that I wanted to share. It's a valuable lesson that anyone can learn from, especially if you've ever lost a part of yourself.

Before anything else, I would like to provide some background information to give you a better understanding. When I lost the connection I once had with nature, it felt like I had lost a part of who I am because nature played a significant role in helping me discover my inner strength and confidence as an adult. A few years ago, I fell ill after spending time in nature, which resulted in a decline in my health for a couple of years. During my recovery, keeping track of my health and activities greatly aided me, and I even created a logbook to assist others in improving their well-being; you can find it here. Today, I no longer face that challenge, and I now realize that my illness was a result of an imbalance in nature. However, what remains difficult is regaining the same level of comfort and trust I once had when being in nature.

I've been living in Northern Minnesota, close to the boundary waters, for a little over a year now. This place has given me many opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and grow. I've explored nature through hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and jogging all while immersed in nature. Overcoming the fear of the unknown was tough. But I know that it’s important to let go and trust that everything will be okay. While my downtime involved mental challenges in nature, I found solace in other recharging outlets, such as meditation and crafting. I even made a meditation book called Gentle Recharging to assist others with simple exercises; you can find it here.

After experiencing a year of good health, I have finally let go of my anxious grip of fear and am beginning to find joy in life. Just recently, I had the pleasure of witnessing one of my dogs stumble upon a marsh on our property, and surprisingly, it brought me immense happiness. Instead of feeling worried, I was actually more amused by his excitement as he happily bounded through the cat tails and disgusting shallow water.

Living here has provided me with unexpected ways to reconnect with nature. I have been amazed by the healing power of simply listening. Whether it's the eerie yet enchanting sounds of lakes shifting from winter to spring, the diverse melodies of songbirds that I identify using my bird app, or the gentle whispers of the wind through the trees, the sense of sound has awakened a dormant part of my soul.

I've also developed a passion for woodburning and I just can't get enough of it. In fact, I've become so engrossed in it that my dominant hand has become incredibly strong. If you're interested, you can check out my woodburned creations on my Instagram page: @woodworksandartistry. This newfound hobby has led me to a moment of realization. All the subjects I've been burning onto wood are inspired by nature - from beautiful flowers and plants to captivating wildlife in Northern Minnesota. It's as if nature itself is guiding my hand and inspiring my creations. It's truly amazing how this connection with nature has unexpectedly unfolded.

It's important to share this because even if you've lost a part of yourself due to life's challenges, it might not be completely gone. It could simply be lying dormant, waiting to resurface in unexpected and surprising ways. After all, we can't predict what we don't know. So, when you encounter something new, the positive outcomes that arise from it might catch you off guard, just like it did for me.

By sharing my story, I aim to inspire you to form deeper connections with things or people you may have believed were lost. Life is definitely a journey of growth and change. I encourage you to approach yours with bravery, curiosity, and compassion.

Wishing you all the best, and don't forget to take time to recharge your energy frequently.

Kelly Stone Cramer

Happiness Recharge motivational author

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