I was all geared up to write this post on unplugging and reconnecting to the wild, only to find the days collide into one another with unnerving speed, bringing with it all the life, decisions, and responsibilities. Enough! Time I’d heed my own advice! So I woke up, cooked up a lentil soup to pack and went straight to the woods.
I am fortunate enough to be outside everyday but I still make space for intimate solitude in nature. I need it to center, to listen, to gain balance and clarity in this fast pace world we live in. I need it to honor my connection to all life around me. In fact, I believe we all need this but many do not give this gift to themselves.
Our lives get cluttered and it can become difficult to hear our inner voice, our authentic selves. This voice needs time alone with you, time to hear a babbling brook or a sparrow’s call, time to smell the damp leaves underfoot and feel the wind travel across your neck. Our connection to the natural world runs deep, folks. It runs in your blood, it lives in your dreams. So lay your head down on a boulder like it’s your ancestor and listen to what the water is saying. Sit with yourself and be aware of all your amazing senses. Let them guide you and be present.
Let’s start with unplugging. We, as a culture, spend an awful lot of time “connected” to electronic devices. All too often I look around and see people with noses buried in their computers and phones while walking or even while at restaurants. Too much of this and it only makes sense that we become disconnected from our wild nature and unbalanced. We need to regain the balance for ourselves but also to re-establish our relationship with the natural world to regain its importance in our lives so we may work to protect it.
Being alone can be difficult for some, and if you are one of those then this post is especially for you. Spending time alone in nature is walking a path to being whole with yourself. Find a trail near where you live, one that runs through woods, beaches, mountains, rivers, creeks, glades, or prairies. Pack a plant guide of your local area full of great photographs. Bring some paper and pencils to write and sketch or start a nature journal specifically for these walks. Pack yourself a hearty soup, fruit, water, and herbal infusion. Here’s the really important part, if you must bring your phone, turn it off and leave it be.
When you are out there let go of lists and dramas of life. Take deep breaths. What does it smell like? What is blooming? What plant especially draws you in? Do you know what it’s called? Try drawing it with the shape, number, and placement of the leaves. What insects are around? Can you spot any pollinators? What do you feel underfoot? I like to wear moccasins to better feel the earth or I will just straight up sink my barefeet into rich woodland soil. It feels amazing. Utilize all your senses, turn on the areas that get muted. Write or read something inspiring. Lay down in a place that attracts you and just be thankful. Say your thanks out loud, say a blessing for the space you are in and just let your body soak it up. Give thanks to yourself for being where you are and who you are.
Let everything you smell, feel, taste, see, and hear support your body. Just sit with it. Imagine the beauty around you soaking into your body and connecting with your wild self. Feel the kinship to all around you, to all your relations. You are connected to all of it.