Nurturing Our Connection with Nature
I call this a luxury as it was only after I moved to my new home country – Australia, when I was 35 that I had realised the need for me to re kindle my “love affair” with Nature. The abundance of natural wealth – clean air, amazing skies and the beautiful natural surrounds that simply reignited my spirits. Between work commitments and household chores, I would try and throw in a quick “power walk” – as I would like to call it.
But it was my Sunday morning ritual that has almost become sacrosanct – to a point where I look forward to it so eagerly. As you can tell in the photo, I am the happiest when I am just back from my walks – even our pet bunny knows that !
But what is really exciting about my nature time – is the amazing present moment awareness that it allows me to get into – creating a powerful communion between my “finite” intelligence with the Universal intelligence.
I have turned to nature during some of the most trying times – which all of us have a fair share of – and the right answers have always spontaneously emerged. (I acknowledge this may not be the case for everyone.)
The case for Nurturing a connection with Mother Nature becomes even more compelling, when we look at the statistics. With the average adult living in Western societies, now on a screen for 11 hours a day on average and spending 90 percent of their life indoors, disconnection from self, community, and nature is growing.
Nurturing the Nature connection, can’t solve all these issues quickly, but I believe it can help to support a reconnection between humans and the living earth. Part of this reconnection is a remembering of what is important and essential: clean air and water, healthy ecosystems, food, water, shelter, good company …
My kids and their friends on a recent digital detox weekend. Oh boy! It took no more than a couple of hours of missing the screens and the kids would not want to come back indoors.
It can help us to remember what we are, where we belong and how much we have to be grateful for on this precious planet. The seasons still turn and birds still sing in the trees. We can all take a few minutes to breathe, we can learn who we share this land with, and we can become a part of our forests and wild communities again.
We just need to slow down and open up our senses to the wonder that is all around us.
Happy nature walking these holidays!!