Over the centuries, our lives, certainly in the Western world, have become more and more based inside four walls. Due to anthropological, industrial and technological developments, there is now no apparent reason for any of us to be outside for large parts of the day. We no longer need to grow our own food, walk long distances or find our own fuel. So, due to convenience we can stay indoors; at home, in a vehicle, in a shop or inside an office for most parts of most days.
Is that a problem? Maybe, maybe not. It all rather depends on how you feel and whether you recognise that you are missing the outdoors and act upon it. If you feel great all the time, awesome! If you often feel as if your head is too heavy or dense, fed up, anxious, overwhelmed or just not great, then maybe you would benefit from re-connecting with nature.
I believe that we are all connected to all aspects of the universe; every person, every tree, every mountain range, every ocean, and every star. I can feel my connection when I meet people from all walks of life, when I am swimming in the sea, when I am hiking and when I stare up at the night sky.
Years and years ago, humans were in touch with nature every day and so felt the joy and comfort of feeling connected to the universe. Nowadays, we may need to make the effort to walk in the woods, swim in the rivers, climb hills, and re-connect with nature. In some of the classes that I teach, students learn how to communicate energetically with plants, rocks and animals; to receive and give healings.
You don’t need to learn these skills to get amazing benefits from our natural world. Most of us know that when we feel upset, a cuddle with our pet can make everything feel a lot better. But what about the plant kingdom? Just take a walk in a park or the countryside, and find a big tree. Stand with your back against it, or put your arms around it, close your eyes, and relax. You will feel peace come over you. Such is the healing power of trees.
Maybe this feels a little too weird for you right now? So, you could climb to the top of a big hill and survey the world below. Close your eyes, take a big breath in and feel the magnificence of our amazing world. Feel your feet on the earth and your connection to the universe; your value, and your place in the world.
Whatever works for you, I encourage you to get outside and allow yourself to feel the connection to, and the natural healing of, the world around you.
Hug a tree and feel the love!
I love you, humanity,