Finding our "spiritual" side can be such a strange exercise for anyone who doesn't have a regular practice or who is just starting out. By "spiritual" I don't mean religion, but entering and staying in present moment awareness. At first it might look like 60 minutes of yoga after work, or maybe you're invited to join in a larger group meditation to "go inward." I used to take Ayurvedic cooking classes with the hope of stretching my awareness muscles and eating healthier—a double whammy.
I have a dermatology practice in New York City, but I've started a passion project called Prana Farms, a dairy farm 90 minutes north of the city, and whenever I spend time there I find myself trying a lot less to stay present. It just happens, but without the effort. The mindfulness is right there in front of me. When you're able to disconnect from the reality we've constructed and connect to nature, tuning into its rhythm, it becomes much easier to flow from moment to moment.
In particular, I've enjoyed caring for my goats. They've—albeit unexpectedly—taught me so much about what it means to be present, mindful, and well. Here are three things I've learned from them: