We need nature more than nature needs us, or it would be even more correct to say that nature doesn’t need us at all. If we think we can control its growth or well being, it’s only after we already damaged something in it. Nature, the most precious thing we have and should be grateful to contemplate on this planet, is a place we tend to forget and visit it way less than our own family. Although, I believe that it can give us way more than some family discussion about politics and work.
“If you’re in a place with no smartphone network connection, it might be an ideal place for you to connect to yourself.”
On a foggy morning right after holiday, I took Billy (“one” of the most friendly beagle dogs ever) for a walk. It was the first day after I had spend about two week in sunny Crete, so a foggy and cold morning was quite a change. I wasn’t really complaining about the weather though. With the leash on one hand, the other in my warm pocket, I simply stood in the middle of the way, between two small fields close to town center, while Billy was for an unknown mysterious and most intriguing reason gently licking on some grass for quite 15 minutes. You could hear a nervous buzz of cars rushing on the avenue a hundred meters away, but the silence in my head was just so strong that on the emptiness of thoughts, with my eyes closed, I focused deeply on the present moment. Within the abyss of submerged daily thoughts like calling this person, driving here and there, finishing this and that, we can make a connection with ourselves, done in a fraction of seconds, where we think and forget about thinking, creating a priceless and grateful moment we should experience way more often than switching channels of a tv screen.
A forest can create bliss for any individual, if it’s for a walk or sitting on a bench and just stare at what’s in front of you. Start thinking about existential questions of all what surrounds you. Focus on a birdhouse and wonder what this wooden object may have change for a couple of bird lives. Lose yourself in thoughts creating a melee of words you can’t connect anymore until there’s just a sound with no meaning. When we look at nature and think of about what we see, we get inspired, if we’re able to be thoughtless, we’re connected.
Try giving nature a chance to make you dream instead of the next blockbuster at the cinema. Go for a walk alone or with a friend instead of exchanging news over a digital way, and you might give the change of the seasons way more value than a brand’s slogan.