By now, you probably know that I am a nature lover. Don’t get me wrong, I love to curl up in bed and sometimes would prefer to stay there all day, but that’s a story for another time.

I love almost everything about being outside, and it’s no wonder that I’ve been drawn to teaching qigong barefoot on the grass, in the sand, in the forest, by the ocean, even that one time in the rain. There is just so much to appreciate about Mother Nature, especially the easy grounding she provides. (If you missed the Spiritual Intersections podcast, “Grounding, Works Like Magic” .)

What’s Your Nature?

I’ve recently begun playing “What’s Your Nature?” again with my younger daughter. This is something I started when I would drive my girls to school in the mornings. It’s a very simple practice of observation – look around and say what in nature moves you in that moment.

There are so many lessons in that simple question – an appreciation of nature (and my own children), a connection to place, imagery, the microcosm and macrocosm of life, a pause in the busy-ness, and plenty more. Two of my favorites from my girls over the years: “The West Maui Mountains are bald,” (there were no clouds that morning, which is rare), and “I like the way the early sunlight dances on the palm fronds as the breeze blows gently through them.”

Never Lose Your Sense of Awe

Coincidentally, my dad sent me an article from the New York Times a few days ago entitled, “How A Bit of Awe Can Improve Your Health”. In summary, awe can be vast, but it can also be simpler than most people think. In a book by Dr. Dacher Keltner, a psychologist at UC Berkeley, he states that “awe is critical to our well-being — just like joy, contentment and love.”

We must never lose our sense of awe at the magnificence of our planet. ~Author Unknown

(I’d extend that quote to include “the simplest of details” and “the magnificence of the universe“.)

If you’re looking to get out in nature and add a bit more awe into your life, join me for weekly qigong classes out in nature, and let’s talk story. You can see more details and sign up through , or you can always email me (lenna@lennamiller.com). 10% of all my earnings from qigong and energy work in 2023 will be donated to a “reader’s choice” charity. I’ll call for suggestions in November and voting will take place in December.

~Qigong on the Lawn – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 AM

 

I know it’s early, but it’s such a beautiful way to start the day. Join me for at Imua Discovery Garden in Wailuku. The land is gorgeous, and you can feel the energy from nearby Iao Valley.

~Qigong in the Forest – Wednesdays, 8:15-9:45 AM

It’s a curvy drive, but is totally worth it. Meet me at the gate on Olinda Road (Waiohu Spring Trail). We will hike two times around the loop and practice qigong in a grassy area on our way back to the parking area.

~Qigong in the Park – Fridays, 8:15-9:15 AM

It doesn’t get much more convenient than this. Head to Rainbow Park on Baldwin Avenue for and join me for tea time and talk story afterwards. Set the stage for a relaxing and joyful weekend!

Soul Evolution

The last few mornings, I have been up and out of the house before dawn. My nature, my sense of awe was definitely first light. It represents the constant turning of Earth, the promise of a new day. If my tagline, “soul evolution through qigong, meditation, and high vibe living” resonates with you, join me for weekly qigong classes or let’s connect with an or .

In the meantime, what’s your nature?

Love and light,

Love and light,