“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” John.Muir
How do you connect to yourself, to others, with nature? How do you access what’s important to you? What do you do to find balance, connection, and to connect to what is real for you?
These are all good questions to ask yourself as you go through your busy days. So much of what we do is automatic, habitual, whether we like it or not. Why is it that we are so removed from nature or from what is truly important to us? We have so many distractions, both in our heads and in life (i.e. technology) that we are not often present to our lives, or living in alignment with what is important. Too busy, or, for many, we just don’t step out into the natural world due to fear or discomfort.
But what can nature provide? Answers, questions, things to contemplate, things to learn. Often, many don’t take the time to just observe, breathe in life (oxygen deep into the body), because of this swirl of our busy lives, and we don’t check in with our other senses or intuition. By getting out in nature, and breathing it in, we can access more balance, we can relax those over-worked nerves, and we can access the refreshment and connection we seek.
Even if you don’t live in the mountains, you can still find a tree, a plant, or something that is of the natural world (what about that houseplant, or the view to those trees?). This is still beneficial! Stop, be present, observe, without judgement or expectation. What do you notice? Start with your 5 senses and move out from there. How does it make you feel? What does it mean to you?
What do you need to add a bit of nature/wilderness into your life? How might that make a difference in how you relate to everything else? Connect with your fountain of life, your life depends on it!