Learning doesn’t stop when we leave school. For some, learning actually begins. Mother Nature is one of the greatest teachers outside of the classroom.
Being with nature is not a hippie thing, or a weird thing. It is a natural thing to do. We are all part of the intricate design of a larger force. There is no denying it because nature embodies beauty and creation, but ugliness and destruction at the same time.
The power of Mother Nature knows no limits. She’s an infinite well of knowledge, and will teach us as much as we’re willing to learn. Here are five lessons from nature that we can learn:
Keep to the simple. We shouldn’t stress over nonsense, or things that won’t affect us years down the road. A good example is the consumption of material goods. There are so many different choices to choose from when deciding to buy clothing, food, car, etc. All these choices are distractions from the real purpose of finding something that simply does its job. Eliminate what doesn’t matter to make room for what does.
2. BEING PRESENT IN THE MOMENT.
If you live in a big city, then you are probably all too familiar with the constant need to “go, go, go”. Stop always “DOING” more to “HAVE” more, or else you’ll be caught up in the endless cycle of material accumulation.
Life is about having a balance of movement and idleness. When we’re always on the go, we’re either running away from the past or running towards the future because the past is unbearable. We skip out on stopping and “BEING” in the present moment. Stop and breathe. Each mindful breath reminds us that we are alive at this very moment.
3. SHARPENED SENSES.
Our senses become more acute the longer we spend time with nature. Staying at places devoid of nature for a long time will numb our senses and make us feel tired, especially in offices and other work areas. When we remove ourselves from electronics and technology, our mind and body will begin to reset and return back to its natural state of tranquility with the Earth.
There’s no WiFi in the forest, but you’ll find a better connection.
We can only notice life around us when we stop and tune into our senses. Next time you’re in a natural setting, stop and listen.
4. STRESS REDUCTION.
Whenever people get upset or angry, they usually say they need to get some fresh air to calm down. That is a natural response because our bodies are deeply connected to Mother Nature. There is beauty in everything – the whistling of the wind, the crashing of the waves, the chirping of the birds, etc. Once we’re immersed in her stimulating and healing aura, Mother Nature will take care of the rest. You will gradually feel lighter and happier.
5. APPRECIATION FOR LIFE.
From the migration of the herds to the stillness of the panoramic landscapes, there is always something to learn and appreciate. Everything has its purpose and role in the synergistic balance of nature. We can learn from everyone and everything, anywhere and anytime. When we can appreciate the life around us, then we’ll be able to realize that we are more or less the same under one Mother.