March’s Theme: Recognizing Courage

“Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anis Nin

“From caring comes courage.” – Lao Tzu

“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” – Marianne Williamson

As we bid farewell to March, I chose to focus on the topic of courage for this newsletter and my short video, specifically, how to recognize courage in ourselves. Unmistakably, courage is something that everybody wants – a character strength that fosters respect both others and from within. Courage is generally defined as the ability to do something that we perceive as difficult and frightening. Six attributes of courage have been defined by mindfulness expert Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., and include: 1. Feeling Fear Yet Choosing to Act 2. Following Your Heart 3. Persevering in the Face of Adversity 4. Standing Up for What is Right 5. Expanding Your Horizons and Letting Go of the Familiar 6. Facing Suffering with Dignity or Faith Which of these attributes resonate strongly with you? Are you contemplating or actively taking an action that you believe is difficult or scary? To gain further insights – I decided to look to nature for examples of courage (as I frequently do). It made me realize that there is quite a bit we don’t understand about the natural world, and that includes aspects of humanity too. To dig a little deeper into the benefits and ‘nature’ of courage, see this short video on recognizing courage. In my nature-connected coaching work, I always recognize that my client’s commitment to realize those desired changes in their life requires fierce courage. When we put our values and desires into action, courage is required. I know that each of us shows up in this world with personalized values that we strive to honor – courageously taking action in our own ways. I invite you to acknowledge your courage for it is a full expression of the brilliant person you are here to be!

ASK YOURSELF: Where do I recognize and honor my courage?

I am grateful for you, your courageous explorations in personal growth, and your desires to connect with nature!

Awareness With Nature, Recognizing Courage

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Be well, wise, and connected to Nature! Mindy Schlimgen


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