This blog post was contributed by Roshana Ostowari as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. I invite you to submit your own nature inspirations for a chance to win signed copies of the new edition of The Ancient One and for your entry to be featured here on my blog!

 

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Nature helps me connect to my true self. And what is my true self? Who am I? You see, my body might be 19, but how old am I really?

As old as stars, rolling waves and desert sand sifting gently through my fingers. As old as the trees, the yawning wind.   Nature and I are one and the same. Therefore, being around nature helps me heal. It helps me shed my illusions, give up my pain. Nature shows me my true essence: pure unconditional love. A love that makes me smile with glee.

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I am imagining now: digging my fingers into the dirt, smelling the raw scent of sand mixed with rain, running through the redwoods, looking up:   An ocean of green. Chirping birds. I close my eyes. I am in heaven. Nature is my heaven, and I can find it within my heart.

Nature helps me heal. Shows me my true self.

Who am I? Nature.