The Joy of Playing Outside


Sunlight, forests and oceans are gifts for living life, making human connection and exploring the vibrance of Earth’s beauty. I play and exercise outside whenever I can. It lifts my spirit and makes me feel connected to nature, family, friends. It boosts creativity, sparks joy and heals.

If I’m feeling down or tired, a hike in the woods, listening to the ocean or feeling the sun warm my skin does wonders. Playing in nature revives mind, energy, calms my being and brightens the day. Six words tell my truth.

Running through forest oxygen for soul.

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“Forest run”  Photo by Natalie J. McMillan.

Splash of puddles walking in rain.

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“Rain walk”  Photo by MC.

Sunlight on skin in dancer’s pose.

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“Sunlight on skin”  Photo by Natalie McMillan.

Swimming cold seas makes skin tingle.

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“Ocean friends” Photo by MC.

Sound of snow crunching beneath feet.

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“Snow steps”  Photo by MC.

Climbing up mountains toughens me up.

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“Hiking Stawamus Chief”

Wind kisses cheeks as I pedal.

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“Cycling the river, 2005” Photo by Jason Skelton.
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Going with my Gut in Six


Sometimes an urge overcomes me and I want to play the way children do instinctively; without holding myself back. I’m tempted to act, but don’t because of fear, nerves or risk of embarrassment. Sometimes, I free my spirit and go with my gut. Six words tell my truth.

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“Bif Naked, live 2005” Photo by MC.

Sing out loud like a rockstar.

Cry out loud until body trembles.

Laugh until I pee my pants.

 

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“Sunshine through forest…scream, run, dance”  Photo by MC.

Scream out loud to the forest.

Run free, fast until I’m breathless.

Dance the way my soul dares.

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
– Albert Schweitzer

(Featured photo: “Balancing on Rock”, Photo by Natalie McMillan)

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Featured in Elephant Journal: “How Magic, Meditation & a 9-Year Old Child Awakened Me during the Pandemic” By Mary Chang


Originally published on World Meditation Day, May 21, 2020 in Elephant Journal: “it’s about the mindful life, an online mindful life magazine”.

Read my debut article on EJ posted here: Elephant Journal: How Magic, Meditation and a 9 Year Old Child Awakened Me During the Pandemic

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Read here: Elephant Journal: How Magic, Meditation and a 9 Year Old Child Awakened Me During the Pandemic

Embracing Change to Make a Difference in Six Words


Marching onwards, I continue to reflect, transition and embrace change even if it scares me. Change is a life-long process. Facing my fears is personal growth for mind, body and soul. Six word stories tell my truth.

Melancholy passes, light eventually shines through.

Make choices that promise personal transformation.

Be brave enough to try, discover.

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“Child at play, what if I…?” Photo by MC.

Practice every day to be better.

Some days are harder than others.

Wind and courage make you fly.

 

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“Wind beneath wings” Photo by MC.

Believing in me, makes me try.

Now – is the time to start.

It takes a village to create.

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“Working together”  Photo by MC.