by Kerry Dalzotto, Advanced Soul Coaching(R) Practitioner

“I love a sunburnt country.” These few lines are from one of Australia’s most quoted poems, which typically sum up the land I love and call home. However, home can truly be wherever your heart takes you. There are some places across the globe that have felt like “home” to me throughout my travels, none more recent than the Nordic lands of my most recent adventures.

I truly believe that there is so much we can learn from the natural world around us. The more time I spend in nature, the more aligned I am with my soul and life mission. Perhaps you, too, feel this deep need?

Equipped with multiple layers of clothing, a warm scarf, gloves and a beanie, this little Aussie girl, whose favourite time of year is summer (feeling the glow and warmth of the sun), embarked on the bitter depths of winter in ancient Nordic lands.

For me, travel is one of my greatest joys in life. It can return me to ways of my ancient past, to gather and learn by stepping foot on lands that infuse my soul with messages, an ancient remembering. Often, these insights may only fully come to light long after a journey has been completed. Yet, I know there is a gentle hum within, a stirring of ancient wisdom just waiting to resurface and embody in divine timing.

Adapting to vast changing temperatures from an Australian sunburnt country to below-freezing climates, snow blizzards, and bitterly cold natural experiences was a huge learning curve. What I discovered throughout these weeks across Northern Europe was my ability to find play as a mechanism to cope with change.

With harsh, strong winds, low visibility and snow pelting down upon me from all angles, all I could do was laugh! Where on earth am I? What am I doing here? Undertaking outdoor adventures in Greenland during snowstorms and ice-chilling temperatures are memories I shall cherish forever. New experiences and ways of being that were testing and challenging me and my ability to adapt to the world around me.

There was also a fond memory of fun times of ice fishing in Finland with fingers numb to the bone, cheeks ruby red from the cold, and my glasses fogging up from the cold environment around me. Again, I found myself finding humour in the situation. Sure, I was colder than I’d ever been in my entire life, yet here I was surrounded by beauty. With the sound of silence around me in nature and the ability to soak up how different this land is from all I’m used to back home. Equipped with an ice drill, I took to drilling fishing holes like it was part of my every day; it felt like I’d done it before (and quite possibly I had as these Nordic lands all stirred deep feelings within me). I sat there on my fishing stool upon a frozen lake, and out came my inner child, who saw this freezing adventure as an opportunity to add more fun—making up little cheerful songs and doing a little happy dance to keep warm, filling my soul with joy!

Sometimes life gets challenging; we all go through the ups and downs, but how we choose to view what is happening can make a real difference. My family members looked at me with curiosity and a wide sense of bewilderment as I decided to see play as my coping method. In doing so, they, in turn, started to laugh at my silliness and childlike fun, and I do not doubt that it helped them through as well! We look back now and laugh at my “little fishy song”, and it makes me smile, too, knowing that when we bring play back into our lives, we bring back the childlike wonder of what life has to offer us throughout all our experiences.

Where can you bring more childlike fun and spontaneity into your life? Release the self-imposed pressures of acting and behaving in a certain way, and get out of your comfort zone by trying new things and experiencing ways to make life even more joyous. Fun, joy and play are contagious, and the more you can let go and allow yourself the freedom to enjoy playfulness, the more the sun radiates from within.

I do love a sunburnt country, but I equally love the way nature reveals itself through polar opposites and the way we can experience change by adapting to our surroundings and adding more ignition of play to life.

Kerry Dalzotto  – Author of Seeds for Tomorrow: How to Access Your Power & Potential to Create Lasting Happiness

Kerry Dalzotto, Soul Coaching® Practitioner

“I am the owner of Sacred Wellness here in my beautiful home town of Adelaide, South Australia where I provide a safe space for healing the body, mind and soul. I understand the importance of nourishing ourselves from the inside out and acknowledge that each individual has their own unique stories of wisdom, strength, courage and triumph in an often fast paced world full of challenges and wondrous beauty..”

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