Scott, Paul and I attended a conference put on by Nevada Public Health Foundation called “The Heart of Trauma”. It was mostly attended by social workers and some nurses. It was pretty fabulous in that the main speaker, Paul Rada, RN, CNE, talked about things like the different levels of stress-positive, tolerable and chronic, and how connecting practices are so vital, both to people moving into more graceful ways of healing stress/trauma and the people who are assisting them. He talked about the pillars of health….physical, social, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial. Many of you have heard me talk about these, just put in a different order. Do you know, this person who speaks to crowds across the country, and sees things daily that many of us will never experience ever, has gratitude as part of his daily practice…for himself and his team…he being the Director of Nursing at Truman Medical Center in MO. When he asked a room full of people who help others move more gracefully, what they do for self care, many participants answered variations of exercise/go outside. Being with nature is a huge way to relieve stress and tension and feel connected to something. My favorite spot in nature is the Crescent Moon State Park in Sedona, AZ. It has running water, lots of green tree’s, beautiful red rock formations and the amazing blue sky. I have a picture of this hanging in our bedroom, and it is one of the first things I see in the morning, and one of the last things I see at night. In fact, it is so important to me that it is one of the borders of Kellyland…Stinson Beach in Northern CA is another side…and Mt Diablo coming from Lafayette CA is another. What does all this mean for you? Good question. It seems as if people are feeling much more stressed out and maybe edging into traumatized. What is your very favorite spot in nature? Do you go there often, even if it is through a picture? How could you go there more? Do you have a gratitude practice? Could you start with writing down three things a day that you are grateful for? We would love to hear your about favorite spots and how the gratitude practice is working for you. If you have some challenges with a gratitude practice, I have tons of ways to help you find the way that works for you. Give us a call and let us know. Happy June.