“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”~Anne Frank
Today’s post kind of goes hand-in-hand with Monday’s post on Gratitude and a film by Louie Swartzberg. As I hiked through Turkey Run, the other day, sunlight streaming through the trees to light my face and soul it hit me: if I could recommend anything, it would be to get outside more. Go outdoors. Take your kids. Play. Explore. I have to hike everyday. It is good for my soul. For my thoughts.
In Nature I am my truest self. I can be me. It doesn’t matter what size I am. It doesn’t matter if I have make-up on. It doesn’t matter what job I have. It doesn’t matter how much money I have. I am COMPLETELY PRESENT. I am surrounded by the sweet symphony of Nature. The gaggle of geese. The sound of rustling leaves, as squirrels frolic around me. The babbling stream in front of me. The chorus of different birds, harmonizing around me. The soft patter of my feet, as I take off my shoes and explore the world around me. Each moment is perfect. Each moment in sync. I long to lose myself in the woods. Yet paradoxically I find myself there. I connect with my heart, with my thoughts, with my soul. I connect to my intuition. To the dreams of my heart. I connect and radiate the powerful energy flowing through me. I could sing, dance with the energy threatening to brim over the top. Deeper and deeper I delve. The energy continues to spike.
It doesn’t matter where I am going. My legs know where to take me. They go. I go. I see. I look around and am in awe. Awe of the towering, graceful trees. In awe of the flowing, changing water. I am in awe of the animals fleeting around me. I am in awe of the green grass popping up. I am in awe of the boulders streamed out in front of me, ready for me to climb and adventure. I am in complete peace. How I want to bottle these moments up and keep them with me. I take photos, and they are gorgeous, but no matter how I share the photos, they never do justice to the true beauty. They can’t fully express the experience. The feelings I have. There most terrific high. Climbing a mountain? There is nothing like the feeling. I feel humbled, yet invigorated. How small I feel, but at the same time I feel full of potential. This world (I am) is full of possibilities.
How I wish I could just be in the woods all the time. Surrounded by perfect peace and beautiful. The sense of being enough to fill me for a lifetime. Studies on Forest Bathing say a mere 5 minutes of being in the woods can boost mood. Yes. Imagine the happiness of hours spent in the trees? I want to be in the woods.