Connecting with Nature
In the modern world, there are a million reasons to be stressed, and sometimes it is difficult to find a relaxing activity. Almost nothing brings as much peace as spending time in nature. Just seeing a butterfly land on a flower, or hearing a bird sing in the forest is enough to make a person stop, and get in touch with a healing stillness that silently unravels the tension many of us hold at our core. After spending only 15 minutes in nature, we are often breathing more deeply and smiling, placing one foot in front of the other on the earthy path and feeling present instead of rushed. After all, none of the trees are rushing, nor are the fields, or mountains, or the animals.
In nature, one quickly forgets about corrupt politicians and economic problems and begins to see the bigger picture. He begins to remember what is really important. As long as humans have lived in organized groups, their governments have been corrupt, but how can politics be important enough to fully take the central focus of our lives when there are fresh pine nuts to taste, and agile ninja squirrels to admire? How can paying reoccurring monthly bills be so transfixing, so all consuming, when taking a break is no less important? Our worldly problems seem so impatient to be resolved, but when we find wild strawberries to pick and eat beneath a bowing aspen, or spot a row of baby foxes hiding behind their mother’s tail in the knee-high grass, it turns out our problems are willing to wait after all.
Silently retreating, our troubles vanish in the wilderness like morning dew. Even an hour spent in nature can leave a person feeling rested and refreshed. It is important to remember that nature is always there to support us and remind us of all that which is truly precious.
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