Listen, my passion for Great Work (and the encouragement of Great Work) is limitless beyond compare.

Although, I will admit, taking a moment for oneself and stepping away from one’s Great Work is sometimes necessary. That could mean taking an hour to read a few chapters in a book, unwinding with a good television program, or even spending time with Mother Nature herself.

Kate Culver, founder of “Song to Gaia” and lifelong lover of Gaia (Greek Goddess of the Planet/Mother Earth), fully believes that HER great work is deeply rooted in her intimate connection with nature.

In this world, right now, there is so much chaos and unsureness, and Kate’s perspective is that tomorrow will never be the same as today. We must prepare ourselves for each new day to throw something new at us.

How can we best prepare for these moments? Kate suggests three different methods to find a true embodiment with the wild nature surrounding us: find a “sit-spot” (a place in nature to reflect, reconnect, and renew your openness), Embodiment Meditation (getting out of our minds and back home into our center, for a sense of fullness), and Path of Renewal (a deep reflection of our lives and how we have gotten to where we are today).

With these special practices, we can allow Gaia to take full control and return us to our paths of resilience in our Great Work.

Kate has a Great resilience tip: Create a sacred spot in nature and sit in it every day. Become intimate with the wildness that lives there.

I have been using this tip since the day after she told it to me. It’s been very meaningful to me to get to know a wild place in my town. I know the animals, I know if the water is high, I know if a tree finally came down. 

I’m part of this wild place, and it is part of me.

About the author

Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist and business coach who helps accidental entrepreneurs get more clients and have a bigger impact. She is the author of Great Work, the host of the Unleashing Your Great Work podcast, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda's TEDx talk has received almost two million views and has been featured on TED's Ideas blog and Ted Shorts. Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global.