This year’s pandemic obliged almost the entire world to retreat into their homes for several months. Some people, especially in the city, did not have a choice but stay within their 4 walls. Some however, seem to have rediscovered the forests and fields around where they live.
When there is nothing else to explore and you are reduced to a few kilometres from home, what you thought you knew, suddenly starts to look different.
I used to run at lunchtime at work and sometimes on weekends at home. Over the past months I have been running in the woods around my house a lot. I am a slow runner and I often stop to take pictures Now, when I look at the photos I have been taking lately, there is so much green! Trees, fields, flowers… Things I used to notice before too, but so much more now!
Running through he woods has also helped me stay sane during these crazy, unsure times. It helped me reconnect with something big, solid and safe. Out in the woods, there was no virus, there were no people, there was no bad news.
Running through the woods felt like recharging my batteries. I could literally feel energy seep back into my body.
I am sure there are many studies that reveal the importance of nature to a human being.
I recently came across this beautiful video that depicts all of this very well.
Being in nature
- connects us to something bigger than ourselves
- helps us process things that cannot be processed otherwise
- makes us feel alive
When I am in the forest, I tend to stop and hug a tree.
There is a whole movement about ‘rewilding yourself’. Here are a few suggestions.
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There is a term called “rewilding” often utilized within the frameworks of certain spiritual philosophies and areas of psychological study. To “re-wild” something means to restore it to its natural state or form.
Sometimes that does not mean going into the forest, but inside the natural state within ourselves through meditation.