“I FEEL PART OF OUR DISCONNECTION TO EACH-OTHER AS A SOCIETY, IS BEING STUCK INSIDE.”
Nature. It’s one of life’s greatest treasures. To get out in nature, to be barefoot on the ground, to listen to the birds, watch the bees, to smell the flowers, and to feel the rushing water on your feet. Nature is where we are meant to be, where we thrive.
I feel part of our disconnection to each-other as a society, is being stuck inside. Most people are stuck inside all day, from doing an 9-5 job, then we’re in our cars commuting (if you have to commute) to and from that job, just to come back home to stay inside to eat dinner, to sitting on the couch watching TV or scrolling through social media on our phones. I know for years I was stuck inside in school, college, at a job, and then to come home to sleep in my bed inside. Most people aren’t enjoying being outside. I am outside while I write this, but I am still on my computer, not completely connected to nature.
**Side Note of a memory that popped into my head that made me smile. Years ago when I first joined a Crossfit box, I was going to the 5:30am class time (because that was the only time I could make in my busy schedule). To give some background, this time in my life I was going to college full time, TA-ing two courses at the college, working 2 part-time jobs, going to Crossfit 5-6 times a week, while driving back and forth from home (1 hour total driving a day). I never looked at the workouts before class because I knew I would pick and choose what classes to go to. It was better this way because it allowed me to be able to work on a lot of movements that weren’t my favorite. Anyway, early one Spring Time morning, running was in the Warm-up and for the Workout. At 5:30 that morning it was 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.11 degrees Celsius for the rest of the world), pretty cold, and we ran outside. Once I had entered the gym and people saw me, I knew I couldn’t leave after I saw that we were running outside. The workout must’ve been for time, with running 400meters for each round to total 1 mile. (With the warm-up we ended up running 1.5 miles) Although at the time I was not thrilled with running outside in the cold, we did warm up fast with all of the other movements in the workout. WIth this being said, I loved the fact that any gym I Crossfited at made sure we worked out outside if it was nice out. I don’t think places like LA fitness or Planet Fitness allows you to bring the equipment outside, so you’re stuck inside working out. I am really grateful for being apart of a gym that utilizes being outside in the fresh air, if the movements allowed for it. (AKA if we were doing pull-ups, toes-to-bar etc. we would at least have to go back inside for those movements.) Not sure why this memory came up, but I am really glad that it did so I could share how crazy the people in the North Country are haha**
Anytime I feel disconnected with myself, I make sure to go out into to nature and ground myself. I make sure to come back to the basics of living here on this planet. Nature is truly a gift and can help change anyones mood. Even going out for a walk outside can drastically change your attitude or just being in the sun for a couple of minutes brightens my mood. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” by -Lao Tzu is a quote I know I’ve used here before. We’re always in a rush, always needing things fast, and then we get angry when things aren’t fast enough, but if you step out in nature and watch what goes on, you’ll see everything is at it’s own pace, nothing is forced. The animals are walking around, the birds are flying, the bees are going from flower to flower. Nothing is in a hurry, and yet it all gets completed.
There is no need to always be on the go, because you’ll exhaust yourself and need time to recharge. Take every day, one day at a time, and just be fully in the present moment not thinking of what you’re doing tomorrow or what happened yesterday. I think nature helps us to realize that everything is okay, that everything will work out and immediately brings me comfort and a sense of peace. I always feel much better when I get fresh air and take some time to do grounding and meditate out in nature. I hope you find a couple of minutes everyday to be outside in nature, because it’s much more powerful than we realize.