Why Should We Reconnect?
When was the last time you took a walk in the woods? When did you last sit on a park bench and just listen? Not to your iPod or cell phone. When was the last time you really listened to the sounds all around you? If you’re like most people these days it’s probably been a while. Everyone is so busy running around, working, running errands, shuttling their kids here and there to various activities, and getting to their own activities in their over-scheduled lives that they rarely take the time to sit in Nature and reconnect. It’s just not a priority for most humans these days.
There is a good reason to take the time, or make the time to reconnect with Nature. Try this short experiment: take just a few minutes and go outside-don’t worry your email will be waiting for you when you return. Go outside and sit down somewhere, or take a short walk, preferably in a wooded area or field or open space. Sit down and close your eyes. Be quiet and listen. What do you hear?
The natural world is a complex system that has survived for ages, through multiple changes and catastrophic events, fires, floods, storms, and human interference such as wars, bombs and over-development. Think about it. Wildfires destroy acres of land and kill everything in their paths. Yet Nature recovers and survives, even if it takes years to do so. There is balance in Nature. Nature provides what is needed for species to survive and thrive, feeding on itself in the process. When there is deficit in one area of Nature, another part of it provides a surplus to make up for the part that is deficient. It’s a complex system that keeps cycling through, cleansing and feeding, eliminating the unnecessary, and it runs pretty much on autopilot.
If you're searching for balance in your own life, it behooves you to reconnect with Nature and learn from it. All things, including humans, come from the same Universal life force. Everything is connected because it is all part of a bigger whole. Humans are part of Nature and Nature is part of the human race, and it is all connected to the larger energy. How is it, then, that humans look at Nature as something foreign and separate? That is erroneous thinking.
Think back to a pleasurable experience you had in Nature. How old were you? Who were you with? Were you alone, with friends, with family? Where were you? What were you doing? Do you recall how you felt?
When young, human beings have many more experiences in Nature than they do once they become adults with responsibilities, jobs, obligations. It probably did not seem significant then, but children realize how good it feels to be outdoors, exploring and imagining. As adults people need to get back those feelings. It's important to reconnect with Nature. Someone who enjoys camping and hiking already get it. They know how good it feels to experience the interconnectedness of Nature.
Nature and Meditation
On Cape Cod, there is an abundance of natural resources. There are plenty of hiking trails, kettle ponds, and marshes where one can walk and be quiet and reconnect with Nature. What one might not realize, however, is that it’s also beneficial to meditate in Nature.
There exists a local trail, part of which runs along a river. It’s called Indian Lands Conservation Area, and a stretch of it runs along Bass River. At a few points along the trail are wooden benches where one can sit and rest and look out at the beautiful scenery. It's a great meditation spot. Since it’s the middle of September most of the “summer people” are gone one would have the place to oneself. Imagine sitting down, and closing your eyes. Focus on the breath, and feel the sun on your face. Concentrate on the other senses for a while. Listen to the birds chattering to each other, the leaves rustling in the breeze, and the river splashing against its banks. Smell the briny scent of the water, the woodsy smell of the trees and plants in the woods. Feel the breeze blowing your hair. Be totally in the moment. It will change the way you relate to Nature, and other humans.
So get outside, go play in the woods, and reconnect.
Catherine King is a singer songwriter on Cape Cod, and owner of True Path Wellness. She is raising three teenage boys and found her true path after leaving the corporate world behind and following her passions. She can be reached at email@example.com, or www.truepathwellness.com ;