I often get asked the question “how do I know what my soul’s true calling is?”. This can also lead to wondering how one can become more spiritual. In my experience, this involves a returning to Self. A feeling of coming home and feeling reconnected to all living things.
The bigger question, however, is: what does this actually mean? What does it mean to come home to myself or to the Earth?
Everyone has a unique view or experience of this. For me, it is like a remembering and reconnecting to the magic of that is alive. This process requires someone to be connected to curiosity, ceremony and co-creation.
What does it mean to truly be alive? The answer for me lies within nature. I use nature to ask questions about life, death and rebirth.
Living things are complex. There is a magic that unfolds when we explore the intricacies of nature. And from the magic, more questions surface. One question leads to the next and comes full circle as a circle has no true beginning or end.
This reminds me of a wheel and this takes me to the significance that the Wheel of the Year plays in my daily life. This wheel takes me through the seasons of the Earth and life with reverence. There is no rush to move through life as we circulate through each season in divine time. Being present with each season affords me space to celebrate what is happening around and within me.
Everything in life has a season and can be cherished deeply when we give it space. Courageous exploration allows me to fully celebrate and connect with each season and the beauty that each one holds. With each turn of the wheel, my connection to the Earth is graciously renewed and I am reminded to walk with her.
We become one. And with this connection, I can see my true self in her reflection. I stay here for a while and after a while, I return back home to myself. I am grateful for the strength and wisdom that I can access through the Earth. This is how I am able to live a life of soulful purpose. With the Earth as my Mentor and Mother, I have the privilege of co-creating my life of purpose.
Slowing down to be with the Earth is not easy.
We are often conditioned away from our true wisdom. This comes back to us the more we slow down and pause and reflect. The return home to ourselves is a journey and the doorway to this adventure is play.
Children are deeply and innately connected to play.
Children are spiritual.
Children do not need guidance or training on being spiritual, it is innate within them thanks to their imagination, curiosity, playfulness and ability to be present and in each moment.
Often as parents, while we don’t mean to, we interfere with this natural process.
I invite you to remember that by exploring playfulness and imagination alongside our children, we can come back home. I believe that the Children are the true Healers of the world. They help us heal and discover our soulful purpose through our commitment to care for them.
We naturally co-create with our children which provides us all with an environment that fosters true belonging and connection to the Earth.
Children will take us on their journey, alongside them when we are open to exploration. Through this process, we can see the world through their lens.
There is magic and power in teaching our children how to hold ceremonies.
To hold space for our children to be curious we must learn to ask questions that lead us to more questions; therefore we end up being curious beings with them.
We instill curiosity about the beauty of birth, life, death, and rebirth which serve as a constant reminder of our own seasons in this life.
Children offer us one of the greatest opportunities to return Home. Ask yourself the question today if you are ready to see the world through a child’s lens and get courageously curious about the magic and mystery of all living things.
Do you need help connecting to nature with your children or children in your care?
Join Tawny on her adventures returning home at Fireweed Learning Community.
Tawny Stowe is a Metis business owner who works on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples now known as Arden, Ontario, Canada.
Tawny is a steward of land and resources which allows her to embody her role as the Woodland Priestess helping parents return home to their children through a (re)connection to the Earth. She teaches a remembering of the Mind-Body-Soul through the sharing of children's stories, poems, baking, arts + crafts, and nature exploration.