Written by Jessica Cooper, published at yoganonymous.com
Over the years, we have become so disconnected with nature that spending time outdoors has become post-worthly, “I should post this on Facebook/ Instagram/ Twitter so people know I did something interesting outside.”
It’s no wonder, we are so used to our temperature-controlled homes, easy-access cars, trains, planes, you name it. Spending so much time indoors, surrounded by fluorescent lighting, heat, A/C, and technology has provided us with comforts, but has also disconnected us with our roots. Spending time in nature can do more than bring you some immediate social media material, it can have long-term positive effects on your health, mood, and overall well-being.
Here are 5 ways to use Nature to Find Inner Peace:
Find a place to sit for at least 15 minutes where you won’t be too distracted by cars or other people. Just sit there. You may notice:
1. Change is not only inevitable, but necessary. By actively watching your surroundings, you will see that the trees, grass, and plants must adapt to survive. If they didn’t shed their buds for the Winter, they would not survive and receive renewal by the sun in Spring. Change should be embraced with trust that it is necessary in order for something better to enter your life.
Now, focus on one tree for a minute and notice how it adapted to its surroundings in order to grow. Maybe you notice that there is a fence obstructing where branches could grow, and see that the tree gracefully re-directed itself in order to survive and flourish. The tree doesn’t give up just because there are obstacles. 2. Obstacles are just a reason to find a new path. Don’t stress about the obstacles in your life. 3. Trust in yourself and in the Universe that a new path will appear for you to flourish in.
4. They don’t need approval. A certain tree never needs to be told how to act like a tree. They just simply are. We should do the same. There is too much lack of authenticity when one seeks approval from others through their choices and actions. Looking for happiness through the approval of others is only setting one up for disappointment. Making choices that are healthy for YOU is what matters, the rest is just suffering.
On that note, 5. Love yourself before you are too needy of love. Trying to fill a void by directing your attention to another person is not healthy. Searching for someone to make you feel better, loved, special, whatever it is, will not do anything but make you cling to them in fear of losing that feeling. Spend time getting to know yourself, growing, and accepting yourself first. Then, a healthy relationship has room to enter because it will not be based on fear and need.