An observer and caretaker of nature, the most happiest moments I’ve experienced, is when I’m fully immersed within the present moment with mother nature. Being aware of the breathe and letting go of the ego, in trying to configure the past or future. By just being present, stress and tension is naturally released from the mind and body, gradually a moment of trust and surrender arises.
During my travels, especially through Africa, South East Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia, it is very apparent how many people in these countries, have less externally, materialistically and yet, seem to have more internally, big open hearts and tenacity of the human spirit, they have a strong sense of community life, a philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’ as referred to in Africa.
Daily living and volunteering within these communities taught me and captured the importance of being ‘present’ of survival and daily life, going back to basics of safe shelter, clothing, nutritional food, looking out for the other, working together as a community. Less becomes more, more becomes less, an inner richness and uplifting feeling to the human spirit transforms.
Ubuntu, I am because we are
In further observation, back in the western world, we have more in external things and choices, a click of a button and we can purchase a plane ticket to the other side of the world, which is the basic cost of a 6 months salary for a family living in Asia or Africa. A click of a button, we can order all of our material creature comforts, without leaving our homes.
In reality, in our busy lives, with more things, more busy working hours, more busy social lives, social media, with more distraction, from being focused in the present moment, without having moments of being quiet and still in nature, we’ve become desensitized, disconnected from ourselves, mother nature and one another.
We’ve lost touch of the sense of community, to help the other and continue to feed the ‘ego’ of things, in process, isolating ourselves, building walls and boundaries, frontiers, around our hearts and minds. Internal and external happiness seems to become a self illusion, mirage, a perpetual cycle of the hamster running inside a wheel.
Happiness is a responsibility of our own and to find inner happiness, becomes an art of balancing the external and internal, the doorway can be through the simple things, nature can be a wonderful and powerful way, by going back to our basics, back to the simplicity of nature, it could be a walk in the forest, sitting in a garden, swimming in the ocean, taking your dog for a walk in the park, finding the time to reconnect with ourselves and thus with mother nature.
To live a stress free lifestyle, begin again, by being introspective and find a way, to reconnect with mother nature.
The importance is, how often, do we find the time to reconnect, adapting this into our everyday lifestyle?This adaptation, will eventually become an enjoyable and stress relieving process! Japanese Doctors and scientists, did an interesting experiment on the positive effect of trees’ and how taking a walk in a forest, called ‘Forest Bathing’, or ‘Shinrin Yoku‘ in Japanese, this has a positive impact on people’s well being. The results were astounding, cancer patients, people with high levels of stress, taking a break, by walking through the forest had long term, positive affects on their health and well being.
Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better, inhaling phytoncide, seems to actually improve the immune system function.
See the following You Tube Video clip on ‘forest bathing’ documentary:
If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears, does it make a sound? – Japanese ZEN
This present moment is a perfect starting point to take walk in nature, in a forest or in your garden recharge your batteries, reconnect, the benefits for your well being is worth your while.
~words written by Colleen @ Ukuhamba Eco Coaching
Committed to a healthy lifestyle of wellness, fitness & inner fulfillment ~ Colleen Health Coach