What to do When You’ve Found Your Place

By Tiffany A. Dedeaux

Someone recently took me to a grove of trees.  It was a beautiful place I knew she had gone to often.  For me, the wonderful thing about being outdoors as a personal coach is that the insights don’t just come from me or the client, they came from the rest of the universe as well.  This woman had a question on her heart and I suggested she pose the question and see which tree beckoned her to come to listen.  She was pulled in two directions and given two answers that delighted her to no end.

There are those of us who see the wisdom in our natural surroundings but we don’t necessarily tap into it.  Mature trees and rocks have been around for generations.  Here is one way to look at our history:

It can change your perspective when you line up human history alongside natural history.  This picture is both awesome to me because of the shift it causes in my own perspective and sad because, in order to see this, the tree is no longer where it once stood.

woman blindfolded with back to tree full of blooms.

When you take your questions to your favorite place in nature, what do you learn?Another exercise is for you to travel into a place with someone, ask your question, and while blindfolded have that someone guide you to a part of that place so that you can experience it with your other senses.  The person who is silently leading you is also capturing what you describe.  When you’re done recite the question and then review your description.

Do you have a special place?  Next time you have a question that’s weighing on you ask it in that place and then listen for the answer.

About Tiffany A. Dedeaux

Tiffany is an ICF Career Coach and a cross-pollinator of ideas with a background in broadcast journalism, social and ecopsychology, and coaching. Tiffany’s nearly two decades of experience has helped her to identify the power of story in connecting us to each other as well as to our environment. A believer in the power of reflection, practical application, and celebrating victories, Tiffany understands that the more we all live our dream, the more we can model it for future generations.
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