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Happy New Year everyone! Most of us think of ways on how we can make our new year better than last year. We all at some point in time have come up with new year’s resolutions. But how serious are we really about fulfilling them?
Focusing on key areas of our lives – mental, physical, social, and spiritual health will help us reach our optimum well being. As you know, as a Landscape and Nature photographer, I try to share the benefits that nature offers us because I love nature and I’m passionate about it.
So here are some things we can do to reap the benefits of nature and help us move forward to a great fresh start.
Meditative Hiking / Reflection / Commune / Practice Mindfulness
One of the things I love about nature is its potential for peace and quiet. I say “potential” because I see some people especially from younger generation who go out and hike or walk in the park but have earphones plugged into their ears so they can be listening to something else. For me, that just totally defeats the purpose of being out there in the first place. It’s difficult to find a truly peaceful place these days especially if you live in a busy city or suburb. A lot of times you have to go far away and deep into the woods to enjoy the quiet. This can be a challenge to some as they have no means to go far and away.
In the quiet of nature, try to just keep your mind still and forget about your worries and cares. Try to just think of the present moment and commune with nature. Meditate and reflect. You can do this as you walk or sit in a place surrounded by the beauty of nature. This gives a very calming effect in your being. And as you do this, be mindful of what surrounds you, the details of the trees, the leaves, the paths you cross, the rocks, even the occasional wildlife you encounter along your walk. Be one with nature.
Pflugerville boasts a number of parks for recreation. These parks range from small neighborhood parks with playscapes for children to play in to a few that are bigger and equipped with more facilities. Some of the bigger parks host sporting events such as soccer, swimming, basketball, etc.
I have been a resident of Pflugerville for several years and I have enjoyed going to the parks. A lot of the neighborhood parks I have not even been to, mainly because I don’t have a little kid who would want to use the playground. These days I go to the parks usually to walk my dog and to take photos.
I have three favorite go-to parks in Pflugerville. My criteria for choosing these parks include the following: 1) Must be scenic 2) Must have hiking/walking trail.