During International Coaching week I was delighted to share two webinars on The Power of Coaching With Nature. Given the challenging times that we are all going through with COVID-19, it seems to me that now more than ever people need to be able to get out into nature and learn to re-connect with themselves. There is just something about being outside in nature that activates the soul and helps us feel more grounded and present. Maybe it is because we often pause and marvel at the great beauty that exists around us, and in that moment we slow down and become really present and grounded. We get out of our thinking brain that is racing around at a thousand miles an hour and for a moment just stop, reflect and appreciate everything that exists outside of us.
“LOOK DEEPLY INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER”
There is so much wisdom in nature if we are just willing to examine it. After all there are no wasted resources in nature, everything has a purpose and knows its purpose. You don’t find flowers worrying about imposter syndrome. The daffodil doesn’t think: “Oh no I think I should be a tulip as then everyone will like me more”. Nature accepts life as it is and also realises that the mantra of nature is “For More Life”. Everything in nature is essentially designed to thrive and survive and play its part in the natural ecosystem that exists. There is a tacit inter-dependency in nature and all of nature knows that it cannot survive without each other. The grasses know they will be eaten by the antelope. The antelope know they will more than likely be killed by the lion and their remains then scavenged by coyotes, wild dogs and then vultures. And then the carcass will decompose and return to the earth where its nutrients will enable more grass to grow. Such is the inter-connectedness of nature that everything has a purpose and fuels the live of something else.
The Ripple Impact
Yet as humans we have forgotten this basic rule. We have forgotten that we are an integral part of nature. We are not separate from it but rather we all impact nature and the world around us whether positively or negatively. We call this the Impact Rippleô. There are five rings to the Impact Ripple:
As with everything in life it all starts with us and then cascades out to your team/family, your organisation, your stakeholders and then the wider community. The events of the last few months have clearly highlighted for people the power of community and how when everyone pulls together amazing things can happen. Witness the cheering and celebration every Thursday evening at 8pm BST for the NHS workers. What would be possible if all day everyday people became consciously aware of the impact they were making and how it impacts others?.
Helping your clients re-connect with nature
So in essence the purpose of coaching in nature is to help us and our clients re-connect to the natural world through re-connecting with our body and senses because when we
dis-connect from nature we dis-connect from ourselves. When coaching in nature with clients the focus is on getting clients to really embody and experience what is going on around them. To use all of their senses to hear, see, smell, touch and maybe even taste the atmosphere and items around them. To embody the experience and start listening, really listening to their body and what their gut intuition is telling them.
Now with some of the lockdown restrictions being lifted there is no reason why you can’t start coaching in nature. Take your clients on a walk (with appropriate social distancing measures in place of course!). Often I find people are more willing to open up and speak about what is really going in when you are not eye-balling them. Get your clients to stop and then describe how they feel and what are they sensing? Can they feel the wind on their face? Can they hear the rustling leaves and the bird song?. What are they noticing that they were oblivious to before? What else could they have been missing out on in life as they have not been grounded and present.
“NATURE DOES NOT HURRY, YET EVERYTHING IS ACCOMPLISHED”
For me this quote sums up so well why we should spend time coaching with nature. The experience literally enables clients to slow down and when in this space and time so much is achieved. Often people remark on this and also how much calmer and grounded they feel. Often an inner peace overcomes them and from this place of clarity they are able to make great decisions. It’s as if the veil of stress is lifted up as they “find” themselves again, which is why being out in nature is so good for well-being. And particularly at this time with so many people suffering from mental health issues triggered by the COVID pandemic, this is a way we can support our clients come back into health and re-balance their bodies so they can emerge stronger.
In the words of Albert Einstein: “a new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels”. Are you ready to embrace a new type of coaching to help raise the consciousness of humanity?.
If you’d like to listen to the entire webinar you can do that at: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/nature-coaching