Finding Yourself in Nature

forest-54555_640The first thing that I’m going to say is that I hope this isn’t too cliché. I don’t want to leave you gagging over any airy-fairyness and tree-hugging tripe.That’s not what I’m about. Not here, not ever. (Not that I’m against those things either, it’s just not me.)

I’m writing this because we live in a world where an awful lot of people are separated from nature. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that they aren’t around it, or it isn’t around them. I mean they never stop to appreciate it and they don’t connect to it.

I bet there are a lot of individuals who walk through Central Park, one of the most famous parks in the world, every day or week, but it’s just a route for them. They don’t even slow down to take a deep breath and feel the beauty of it.

In talking with people and counseling them, I’ve discovered that a lot of people are missing a nature connection in their lives. While our societal and technological advances are nothing short of wondrous, the fact is that as humans we’re meant to be out and about in nature. We need sunshine and fresh air to stay healthy and balanced emotionally – and that’s been proven, it isn’t my opinion.

So we all need to make sure that we’re getting out and connecting with nature regularly.

If you get my newsletter (and if you don’t you should totally sign up 😉 ) you know that I grew up in Nevada. The landscape there isn’t exactly friendly – aside from the scorpions, tarantulas, and all other manner of stinging, biting things. Add to this the fact that the genetic lottery gave me pale, pale skin that burns in a matter of minutes and eyes that don’t handle the sun well, and it wasn’t a very outdoorsy combo.

But I still got outside to enjoy myself when I could. I took long treks out into the desert with almost every inch of skin covered, and what wasn’t was slathered in sunscreen. Or I would go out at night and enjoy the cool air and moonlight.

My home away from home was in the mountains of California, and so I spent a lot of time in the woods as well, and discovered that I have an affinity for mountains and trees. They speak to me on a deep level.

Now, this isn’t about me – but you can see how I managed to maintain a connection with nature regardless of where I was. As of this writing I’m in Southern Idaho, looking out my window at fog and hoarfrost covering everything. It’s too cold to REALLY get out and enjoy being outside, but I still take some time to stand in the thin sun or the light of the full moon and just feel the natural energy flow through me.

No matter where you are, you can find something to enjoy. Oftentimes we take the beauty of what surrounds us for granted, and we ignore the nature energy that is right in front of us. Take some time and enjoy what you have at your disposal.

Desert or mountains, beaches or plains, scorched sand or frozen hills, there is a great and abundant nature that surrounds us, and when we take a few minutes to tap into it and lose ourselves in the flow of that energy, we can reach deep into our spirits and find things there that we had never noticed before.

Tell me, what do you do to enjoy nature? Whether it’s big or small, I want to hear about it.