Nature can help us explore a higher sense of self. It can be a way for us to get back in touch with and live closer to our authentic self. What is our authentic self you ask? It is a part of us that communes with nature and reaps the benefits from living symbiotically with it instead of against it. Unfortunately, because of our capitalistic and consumer-driven society, we have traveled farther away from, and barricaded ourselves from nature, and in turn finding this higher sense of self.
Everyone is a part of nature. We are not separate beings that operate above it. Our authentic self can learn and grow from our experiences with it. We can find clarity, understanding and wisdom in these experiences. However, our connection to nature has become very limited. We aren’t breathing fresh air, feeling the grass, smelling the flowers or feeling natural sunlight on our bodies. Instead we live and work in fake environments that try to mimic the great outdoors, but it can not compare, nor provide the same benefits as the real thing.
By limiting authentic experiences with nature we are limiting ourselves.
By being outdoors and doing more activities out in nature we find that connection that is most beneficial to our authentic self. Our body and mind can be stronger if we provide it with healthy settings. Getting outdoors has us moving, breathing in fresh air, taking in natural sunlight. All that physical activity is good for our bodies. We become healthier, stronger, more confident in our abilities. When we commune with nature, we can relax our minds, take a few restful moments to recharge. This meditation can help us find inner peace, quiet the mind and in turn strengthen our mental capacities.
We must get away from our cluttered lives. Our mental and physical well-being is affected by our unnatural environments. It all has a powerful impact on how we feel about ourselves, deal with our issues and reach our goals. If we continue to ingest this junk, we can’t find our authentic self. By limiting authentic experiences with nature we are limiting ourselves.
With all that said, I challenge you today. I challenge you to put down your media devices, even the one you’re reading this on. Turn off and unplug. Go out. Explore. Get active. Commune with nature. Find the experiences that will help you find your higher sense of self… your authentic self. Then leave me a comment and tell me about it.