Tapping inner resources using the Nurtured Heart Approach®
Each of us has unique inner gifts to share with the world. I want to:
  • inspire educators, parents and other caregivers
  • celebrate inner resources, and
  • share the journey of learning and living the Nurtured Heart Approach®.
I recently visited several state parks realizing what a perfect reset a day in nature can provide. Read on about the benefits of the outdoors with a few ideas about enjoying it with kids.

These nuggets and resources are intended to be useful to any NHA® practitioner. This is NOT a substitute for NHA training. Subscribe now!

Nature: The Ultimate Reset

Want it improve your ability to cope with stress or improve the quality of your sleep? Spend time in nature. Additional benefits of being outdoors include: developing and maintaining a positive outlook, increasing your sense of vitality, reducing anxiety, and improving your cognitive function. 
Take a hike, sit by the water, or tend the garden. Seize any opportunity to escape screens and cement to reset and renew. Fresh air, exercise, grounding and Vitamin D combine to enhance our relationships and wellness. It's easy to feel too busy. Please remember, you're worth it!

"Nature has the power to renew and refresh our minds, our bodies, and our spirits."

~ Helen Keller

Nurture in Nature

One, two…
Search for blue 

and every other color of the rainbow.

Three, four...
You could keep score

of how many different kinds of wildflowers, mushrooms or pine cones you find.

Five, six…
pick up sticks.

You know your kids want to! They can help with trail maintenance by tossing sticks found on pathways to the lower side of the trail. We want debris to wash down hill rather than back onto the trail.

Seven, eight...
stand still and wait

till you can identify 10 different sounds around you.

Nine, Ten...
Do it again! 

And again! Research suggests many benefits from regular time spent outdoors.


Danielle Cohen promotes taking children into nature in this article from the Child Mind Institute including a startling statistic: "The average American child is said to spend 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured play outdoors, and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen."           

Time Outdoors:

  • Builds confidence.
  • Promotes creativity and imagination.

  • Teaches responsibility.

  • Provides different stimulation.

  • Gets kids moving.

  • Makes them think.

  • Reduces stress and fatigue.

Think of all the nurturing you can do during a hike with children or after they've had unstructured playtime outdoors. Take any opportunity to provide first-hand evidence of inner wealth. I  notice ____ and that shows ______.

When attending to nature…

“We connect back to the cycles and rhythms of our life, open up to the great mystery of the earth and encounter our interdependence with all living things. And from this vantage point, we remember why we are here; to tread softly through the world, to open our hearts wide and deep and to let our light shine brightly.”

Dr. Shilagh Mirgain
Brava Magazine, June 2017

State Park + Selfie Match Up

I spent three days at 5 parks (yep, same shirt!). Can you match the selfie with the location?
Submit answers here!!

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As stated above, the material in this newsletter is not a substitute for NHA training.
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