There are many lessons to be learned from Mother Nature and her children, her creations. By observing animals and birds in their natural environments, following their movements and noticing their behaviours, we may begin to see patterns, similarities, and differences between the lives we live and those of the fauna. We may also begin to understand the importance of moving and growing organically along with Nature.
I truly enjoy camping and view the activity as an adventure, an opportunity to escape the busy city and live a simpler life, if even for only a few days. When I leave the city, I also leave my watch at home, to forget about time as defined by the 12-hour clock. In the morning, the sound that wakes me from a deep sleep is the singing of the birds, and it’s a pleasure to step outside the tent and breathe deeply, inhaling the freshness and beauty that surrounds me. The forest is alive and the trees move their branches softly, whispering, “Good morning.” The agenda for the day is to relax and marvel at all the magnificence with which I have been blessed. Even dinner preparation above the open fire is a challenge and a real pleasure. At night, after dinner, to warm up in the darkness of the woods, we can sit by the crackling fire while listening to the stillness all around and the sound of the hooting of an owl somewhere nearby. Shortly after the sun sets, after looking at the stars, it is only natural to retire back to the tent and rest until the morning. After all, what more is there to do at that time?
Think, for a minute, about how different that pace is from that of the Monday to Friday nine-to-five lifestyle. We often stay awake until late into the night, ignoring our tiredness just to watch television or read. While camping, we come a little closer to experiencing the everyday life of animals, many of whom – save for the nocturnal animals – wake up with the sun as it rises, work diligently during the day at what they truly care about, taking care to ensure their personal wellbeing and that of their loved ones. And after a busy day, they go to sleep before nightfall. This pace of life feels natural as it flows in harmony.
If you have a chance in the near future, try to get away from the city, if even for just a day – regardless of the weather! However, even if it is not possible for you to drive away from the city, even a day at a park is enough to get close to Nature. If you live outside the city, you may already be very closely familiar with the wonderful lessons that Nature presents to us each day. All we need to do is be open to receiving its messages.
Next time you are on a camping trip or enjoying a day at a park, take some time to relax, breathe deeply, and simply be aware of the glory of Nature all around you. Allow yourself to bask in its beauty and take this gift back with you when you return home. Enjoy!
Affirmation: I bask in the beauty of Nature and remain open to its messages and blessings.