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The Muse Loves Nature

The Cliff Walk is one of my favorite places to walk, surrounded by wild nature and opulence.
The Cliff Walk is one of my favorite places to walk, surrounded by wild nature and opulence.

This morning I asked my muse–my inner creative being–how he wanted me to start my day. He suggested a walk along Newport’s Cliff Walk. Even before I got there, as I drove across the Narragansett Bay, along the Newport Bridge, I received clarity about a client’s project. Seems I ‘d been approaching it from the wrong angle.

A Tunnel on the Cliff Walk
A Tunnel on the Cliff Walk

On the walk, I received several ideas for blogs and articles, and I felt much more connected to my creativity. As I heard the waves crash along the cliffs and got sprayed from below,  I felt energized by the exercise and endorphins.

I returned home and coached a client through several challenges, helping her trust her inner guidance when it told her something different from what we both expected. My time in nature made it easy to listen, support and trust.

When I turned to the writing project I had literally put off for months, I completed the dreaded project in a mere two and a half hours. When I think of the hours I spent worrying about the project, I wish I’d just gone for a seaside jaunt the last time I tried to work on it.

It’s tempting to start out in business mode–beginning my morning by answering e-mails, editing someone’s book chapters or making phone calls, but my days are often more productive (and synchronistic) when I start out on the beach.

Cheryl Richardson laser-coached me through my overworking issue this weekend.
Cheryl Richardson laser-coached me through my overworking issue this weekend.

This Saturday, I attended a Hay House event in Boston where Cheryl Richardson asked for volunteers who wanted laser coaching. I shot up to the microphone and shared my challenge–overworking.

As Cheryl coached me, it became clear I needed to spend time in nature every day and I made the commitment to do that for the next 30 days. Sunday, during gale force winds, I climbed to the top of the rocks on Whale Rock Point in Narragansett and watched the waves crash against the granite cliffs.  My pants got soaked, but I stayed out there for a good 15 minutes climbing on the rocks and singing. It felt good and powerful to keep my commitment despite the weather.

Another favorite place in Narragansett, RI
Another favorite place in Narragansett, RI

Today, I got how everything works better when I start with nature–my writing, my business, my flow of money, my coaching. I’ve scheduled my walk in for the rest of the week. How about you?

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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    • lisatener says

      It’s been interesting. Today I did my walk but later in the day and work (and writing) went much less smoothly than when I started out the day with a walk. Tomorrow, my walk comes first.

  1. Stacey says

    This is so true. Nothing inspires and restores like Mother Nature. The fall leaves are at their peak where I live, it’s providing a symphony of soul-healing.

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