Hello there and happy Friday. Welcome to the Rosa Guayaba Podcast, coming Heart to Heart With the Earth. I'm your host, Natasha Deganello Giraudie. Today, the crows are with us. Rasqui is sunbathing on, on the porch, the hummingbirds are here, and this other beautiful songbird, which I hope you can make out. Also, the bees are on the oak tree in front of me.
In today's episode, how to stay connected with nature when working indoors. I decided to share a voice note that I had left for a member of my nature practice community because I thought that it would be something practical that you could implement this very weekend to transform the way that you work starting on Monday. Before we dive in, I also want to remind you that in the last episode, you'll find a short guided practice that you can enjoy under a favorite tree this weekend as well. You can use it by yourself, with friends, with family, with children around you. I hope that you get a chance to enjoy it, and I'd love to see a picture of you doing your tree practice. Please tag me at rosa dot guava on Instagram, or feel free to send me an email at hello (at) rosaguayaba (dot) earth. And one more thing, if you're enjoying this podcast and if you would love for more earth lovers around the world to find it as well, one thing that would be really helpful is if you leave a star rating and or a review.
It doesn't have to be a long review, even just one single word that comes to mind related to this podcast would be so helpful. I'm so happy to count with your beautiful energy in spreading this podcast out and helping it reach all those who could benefit from it. Okay, that's it for now. Hope you enjoy. All right, so now for your question, what are some ideas for bringing nature more inside? So when I have to be at my desk, it doesn't feel so removed from it. So my first thought on this is, what are the reasons or the activities that you have to be indoors for, you know, at your desk, right? So really make a list of those activities. Maybe take a sheet of paper, make three columns on one column. Make the list of those activities. On the next column, make, just jot a quick note for you, like why do you have to be indoors for this? And the third column is what would need to happen for you to take that activity or at least part of it outdoors. And just as I'm speaking to you, a beautiful hummingbird showed up right in front of me and is taking a little rest in the oak tree,
And I just find it extra special to see them resting. It's hard to see them resting because when we see them around flowers, usually we see them because they're in motion, because when they're resting, they're so still and they love the oak tree, they actually nest in the oak trees and so it's so sweet. So yeah, what would it look like to take those activities outside? Right, so for example, when, when I was doing this for myself, you know, part of why I came indoors to work at my desk is because that's where my stuff was. And so when I thought about, okay, what would it look like to go outside? Well, I have to have all my stuff. That's one thing, and I have to have an easy way to . Sorry. Now the hummingbird has come to, to get the nectar. So back at work
I would need a way to transport my things outside that would be manageable and doable on a daily basis. So I started out with a little basket where I would put kind of the things that I really needed to work and I would go out in and out. But with time, I spend so much time outdoors now on my desk work, doing my desk work, that now I have a little cart. You know, like, I think it was like from Ikea with three little shelves, a rolling cart. And I put all my things there. You know, I put my paint brushes and my pencils and my scissors and my incense and my matches and my index cards, my post-it notes, like whatever it is that, that I most regularly use and access for my work. And so now it's takes me about, I don't know, I've never timed myself, but probably about three minutes to set my office outdoors.
I also have a little table where I put my computer. I have a nice seating like it's kind of like a square bench with a cushion because I like to sit cross-legged. You know, I just set up my, my place. I have my little my little table where I put my tea or my coffee. And so it took a little bit of effort, but now it means that I have hours more per day outside. Okay? So that, that's my first impulse, is to encourage you to look for more opportunities. Now, once you've done that, and there are some things that actually you, you know, in some cases, for example, the times where I literally prefer to be indoors is in the middle of the day because the light and the, especially the light and sometimes the heat is too strong.
And so I prefer to take a little bit of shelter during the middle of the day. So in those cases, what can I do to bring nature indoors so the windows open so that you're still connected to the soundscape and to the breeze, to the air, to the temperature flowers. I just got back from the farmer's market and I got a bouquet of flowers and I set it up and I, I like to use tiny little VAEs and like with one bouquet, I think I made six little flour arrangements and you know, one of those flour arrangements, it's in a little coconut shell with water. And I just put the blossom in there floating in there, and then some other ones in, in the kitchen and in different areas in the bathroom in my daughter's room. Another thing is to create a little nature altar where you are, and this can be seasonal, you can do it every moon cycle.
It could be to really support an intention that you have and you can put a few little objects, create a little al nature altar close to your working space, and put your little objects on that and, and, you know, make little moments to, to connect with that. Another way that I stay very connected with nature when I'm indoors is through incense. I love burning incense, and especially because I took a whole class on incense making with a llama that is a doctor in Nepal. And after that class, I just gained so much appreciation for all the care that goes into selecting every single ingredient that goes into the incense and like the prayerful way in which it is done. And so I love infusing myself with that. Hat else? When I am drinking my tea, that becomes part of my practice as well. So I'm like kind of communing with nature with each sip taking, like right now I have this hibiscus ginger, orange peel tea that I made for myself. And yeah, kind of taking in that floral essence and the ginger and the orange into myself and really connecting with appreciation for that. So these are some ideas.
I hope you got some inspiration that you can apply right away. I love to see your pictures of your outdoor desks, your outdoor workspaces, and your indoor altars. Please tag me on instagram @rosa.guayaba or send me an email at hello (at) rosaguayaba (dot) earth. And if you're enjoying this podcast and you would love for it to reach earth lovers around the world, please take a second to rate and or review the show. You can find instructions on how to do that in the show notes. I've also included links to the cart I referred to, as well as my very favorite source for incense. Take good care. Much, much love. Until next time, stay heart to heart with the Earth.