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Today’s Woman

Natural Connections was recently featured in Today’s Woman Magazine and on in an article called “Nature is All She Needs.” The article beautifully features our work here at Natural Connections. In Joy’s words: “I present my clients, who have lost their love of life, with something safe and tactile like a puppy, a kitty, a foal, or a baby chick or goat. Animals remind us of miracles, of the beginning of life; they bring joy. We sit in a park or on a farm, and as my clients are experiencing this profound connection with nature — when I see that they have the glitter in their eyes again — then they talk and I listen,” Joy explains. Read the full article here.

Today’s Woman: Soft Eyes

Joy was recently quoted in Today’s Woman’s 27 Things for her analysis of horses and their ability to display femininity amidst being fierce and strong. Joy states, “I want you to stare into the horse’s eyes. Horses are the epitome of the feminine. They are the model for modern women: they have grand power but hold a soft eye. In modern society, women are taught to hold a predatory eye, especially in business, to assert ourselves, but horses harness power while keeping a gentle, peaceful eye – an eye that invites you to make eye contact.” Here at Natural Connections we use horses and other animals to helps individuals reconnect with themselves with the world around them. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Joy, call (502) 381-8396.

Wellness Organizations We Love

The Institute for Integrative Medicine

The Institute for Integrative Medicine (IIM) is a holistic medical group based in Louisville, Kentucky, that can help you through many facets of heath and well being, not just disease care. They offer a wide range of services to help you become emotionally and physically well.

Kim Evans, founder of IIM and primary practitioner, is internationally known and profoundly insightful in wellness and preventative care. Joy Fitzgerald is an associate of Kim Evans, and Joy strongly recommends Evans’ book Transforming Healthcare. Her testimonial and endorsement can be found on pages 112 & 113. Joy has also donated a signed copy of this book to the Boone County Public Library, and she strongly recommends it to all who want to become well.

Resources About Connecting with Nature

Nature’s RDA for Healing by Jonh Douillard of

“Don’t you feel better after being outdoors? Nature walking, forest bathing, hiking, and just being in the wilderness have been shown to offer numerous health and psychological benefits, but how much time is needed in the woods to get these benefits? A new study published in Scientific Reports finds two hours a week is minimum for getting nature’s health benefits. In a study led by […] .

hiking-1149985_1920“Take a Mindful Hike” By Catherine Morey-Nase,

“Hiking with friends while enjoying great conversation and laughter is one of my favorite activities. But unless we make a conscious effort to stop every now and again and really pay attention to where we are and what we are doing, we can miss a tremendous amount. Stopping and consciously engaging our senses when out hiking not only calms and grounds us—relaxing both mind and body—but it also deepens our connection to the natural world…” […]

man-1348082_1920“Medical Research on Contact with Nature” by Joy Fitzgerald

“Poets, philosophers, and mystics, have long espoused the merits of being present with nature. Now medical research is investigating, documenting, and describing the many health benefits of daily contact with nature, not as a recreational sport but in a leisure multi-sensory sense—a way of being — not a way of doing. This research has important holistic health implications for us as practitioners of wellness therapies…” […]

cat-1551783_1920“Natural Circadian Rhythms and Rest” by Joy Fitzgerald

“Many have a hard time going to sleep at night after spending very much time on a computer or in front of TV or computer screen. The light resets our circadian rhythm which is basically a twenty-four-hour cycle affecting sleep, body temperature, alertness and neurotransmitter levels…” […]


person-690045_1280“Nature Deficit Disorder” by Joy Fitzgerald

“Personal outdoor living space in cities and urban areas continues to diminish! Huge homes are constructed on postage-stamp yards, swamped with chemicals to look “green”. Today’s kids spend most of their outdoor time in highly supervised competitive group athletics with dualist win/lose outcomes on chemical polluted surfaces that appear green!…” […]

white-tailed-doe-599829_1920“Vicarious Trauma and Human Violence” by Joy Fitzgerald

“Vicarious trauma is indirect trauma usually a result of watching or interacting with someone else who has directly experienced the trauma. Historically, the military, medical professionals, social workers,  and first responders –law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians–were the segments of our community that daily experienced vicarious trauma…” […]

Uplifting Videos & Poems

A Cree Prophecy

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
only after the last river has been poisoned,
only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then, you will find that money cannot be eaten.

A Blessing for the Senses

May your body be blessed.

May you realize that your body is a faithful & beautiful friend

          of your soul.

And may you be peaceful and joyful, and recognize that your senses are

              sacred thresholds.

May you realize that holiness is mindful, gazing, feeling, hearing,

                   and touching.

May your senses gather you and bring you home.

May your senses always enable you to celebrate the universe and the

                     mystery and possibilities in your presence here.

May the Eros of the Earth, bless you.

Nature Revitalizes My Soul

Joyce Rupp, a well-respected author and member of the Servite Community, in her book Prayers to Sophia—Deepening Our Relationship with Holy Wisdom speaks to the holistic dimensions of health through meditations with feminine wisdom. (Greek word for wisdom is Sophia).

Womb of Wonder, all of creation has your life-giving touch.

         When I come and bow humbly before you,

               I see your wisdom breath in everything.

In these sacred seeing moments, I learn and relearn truths that free me.

I discover endurance from a weathered stone.

I recognize my illusions in the changing skies.

I know your ceaseless tune in a whippoorwill’s call.

I hear your heartbeat in the lapping of lake water.

I find release of sorrow in the tears of gentle rain.

I recover my lost humor watching young foxes at play.

I see your protective love revealed through a mother duck.

When I enter into the domain of your creation,

     things begin to settle,

         to become quiet in me,

               like a windy harbor calming with the sunset.

It is there that I find the needed reassurance

       to stay in the struggle

           and challenge of life.

It is then that I find restored clarity about the “why and wherefore”

       of how things are.

O Breath of Creation, lead me often to your realm of nature

     where you revivify the lost energy of my spirit.