Connect with Nature: 5 Reasons why every once in a while we should turn back to the roots and reconnect with mother nature
It’s no news that time in nature has healing effects and really calms our stressed out minds. A short walk through the woods or a walk in the park almost immediately change our mood for the better. Yet, every once in a while – or even permanently? – it’s recommendable to go back to the roots and really reconnect with mother nature, attentively look at her, live with her and learn from her. And here’s why.
1. Nature helps us understand the essentials
When we travel or head out for some time in nature we pack only the essentials. No extensive wardrobe, no make-up and nothing that is just baggage or little useful. In short: We only take what’s really needed.
Yet we hardly miss a thing when traveling. Instead we may even feel more alive, more energetic and more in the present. Nature does not care if we have puffy eyes when enjoying the sunrise over the lake far before our usual ‘rise and shine’. She doesn’t mind if we come in our oldest sweat pants to marvel at her mossy trees.
To be with nature one needs nothing but the essentials.
All life sources their energy from nature – from the sun, the water, the nutrition found in its plants and soil. It’s that simple. No stuff needed.
Just by being in nature we remember the basic needs: water we need to drink while we are on a hike, the sun that gives us energy and lifts our mood and the rain that refreshes us, washes all green. And perhaps even the wind that messes up our hair feels great.
2. Nature helps us understand that things take time
We tend to be impatient, to be wannabe-efficiency-experts, work-life-balancers, life hacks and timesavers. We burn out, stress out and even get grumpy and frustrated with our dearest (or with ourselves).
All things take time.
Nature teaches us that things develop, each at their own pace. Trees, flowers, vegetables and grass – all has its pace, its seasons even. Like for us there are seasons, times when we feel high and times when we feel low. And that’s fine. Things take as long as they take.
Yes, we can buy a tomato. But it’s much more satisfying (and healthy) to grow it. Growth takes time. But it will also make us appreciate more what we harvest and eat. We value it as we value time. We value a success or a project we have worked on for a long time more than something we have achieved over night (and probably it will last longer, too).
And as we understand the pace of nature, we slowly, even with ourselves, with our colleagues, friends, family and projects, will get more patient. We accept that good things take time and that sustainable growth requires patience, whether it’s in the garden or in the office.
3. Nature helps us understand that everything has its purpose
Perhaps spiders aren’t your thing. Perhaps you hate rain. In nature however everything has its purpose and nothing exists without the other.
You’ll understand that also in life things have their purposes and that nothing happens for nothing. That out of failure we learn and through traumas we grow. Leaving your comfort zone and heading out into the wild will toughen you up – whether it’s for the weather or for life’s unforeseen circumstances. You will be prepared, calmer and more at ease.
You’ll be able to make much more sense of everything once you understand nature’s correlations.
You have no influence on rain or the existence of spiders. So you inevitably learn to accept the things you cannot change but instead adapt (or prepare better).
And you will able to relate to your own life the laws of nature, for example, that after rain comes shine, that growths take time, that flowers turn towards the sun, that trees sometimes grow into a different direction after a storm…
4. Nature helps us understand that everything is unique
A fish cannot climb trees and spinach does not grow in tropical climate (believe me, I tried). But a fish is an excellent swimmer and yucca and papaya flourish perfectly in tropical climate while spinach is best grown in higher and cooler altitudes.
This related to life could mean that you aren’t great at networking, at maths or at cooking but probably you are really good at something else like listening to people or being a loyal friend or you have a green thumb. In any case you are unique just like everyone else around you is. There is no need to judge others. Would you judge a fish for not climbing trees? It’s just not its thing.
And while some are great in a bubbly fast paced environment others are better off in the garden, the forest or working in a lab. Some may be excellent writers, public speakers or have great people skills while others may have superb logical problem solving skills or are musical talents but feel uncomfortable in a room full of people. That’s fine as long as we work together and accept each others passions, skills and abilities.
Because nature works together as a big wonderful symbiosis. And so should society.
5. Nature helps us understand patterns and shapes
Nature is inspiring for all the above reasons. It is so full of purpose and so cleverly designed. It all fits together and it all makes sense: The plants, the insects, the mammals, the sea life, the birds, the tides, the weather, the symbioses between two species…
Nature is often referred to as a source of inspiration for designers, architects, writers, philosophers, scientists and even medics. After all, all great men (and women) paid tribute to mother nature in one way or another. Here’s Albert Einstein’s:
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