We now crave a return to the simplistic enjoyments of life. Real fires, walks in nature, exercise in nature, barefoot running and walking and time away from devices and gadgets that stifle the creation of space that holds the key to our own peace of mind. We are also driven back to real food that has been eaten for thousands of years and not processed low fat foods that have been cleverly marketed by misguided pseudo experts, that are part of the insanity of overriding our natural instincts.
We know something is wrong. Any long term suppression of our own physical intuitive intelligence eventually causes us great suffering. Yet, we have become experts at this suppression, overriding the intelligence that has led us to where we are now. Man is weaker in every possible way and prone to self-destruct as society actively discriminates against the right hemisphere of the brain, that holds the intuitive, fully present oneness with humanity. Instead, he is taught to solely embrace the left hemisphere that can create separation and the mask of courage and confidence of the ego, that despite its act of strength, remains fragile and unstable. All schools, almost without exception, begin this imbalance as soon as they step through the school gates.
Compare the wolf or lion in captivity to one that lives in their natural environment. The one in captivity will of course live longer but the one in its natural environment will have a far greater more authentic expression of life than the one in captivity. Animals often go mad within their own cages.
We are in captivity. Our own wisdom is caged in a delusion of conformity that leaves us in mediocrity and feeling cheated of knowing we could be so much more.
Our domination and destruction of the planets species demonstrates this great separation from our own origins. Man once observed, respected and learnt from the planets animals. He looked at the eyes of the wolf and saw his own reflection. A deep connection before it was replaced with arrogance and an imbalanced self-importance above and beyond nature itself. And now we are paying the price. Not just in terms of our own mental health but in creating an environmental sickness where we are now ingesting our own poisons. It’s no wonder our lacklustre lives are constantly grasping for moments of peace and meaning and hoping to overcome the many fears that keep us from pursuing the life we actually desire.
When we return to nature which we are an intrinsic part of, we become more intelligent. We restore the original intelligence that guides us. It feels right without having to analyse why. There is a comfort within the arms of nature and a silence that clears the way for an awareness
that holds many of our answers, if we have the courage to realise them.
It’s no coincidence that people suffering from depression are finding solace in nature. Our connection to the earth is also the connection to who we are beyond the image we portray to society. Lose ourself in the image and we disconnect from our own intelligence. We don’t realise how important this natural intelligence is to our minds, health and relationships until it’s voice is greatly suppressed. It is then, we become vulnerable and fragile.
Reconnect with your own intelligence.
Spend at least 30 minutes to an hour in nature every day. City dwellers, head for the parks.
Exercise outdoors. The conventional exercise establishments won’t like this advice but the vast majority of people who exercise do not need to go to a gym. Outdoors is best, healthier and better for the mind. Run. Get off of the streets. Become aware of your movement, breathing and environment whilst running. Get rid of the earphones and reconnect.
If you are a swimmer, opt for a natural environment away from the indoor swimming pool. Sure it’s cold but cold water has vast health benefits that result in a boosted immune system and increased blood flow as well an increased mental toughness that most gym goers are pursuing yet never find.
Take up Chi Gung or Yoga and practise them outdoors. They are arts of grounding and reconnection with the Earth. People that practise these arts are generally healthier, happier and more at peace with themselves.
Spend longer periods such as a whole day or weekend in nature, perhaps once a month if you can. You will be surprised how regular connections to nature, can revitalise your own mind and body.
Visit the coast when possible and walk barefoot on the sand. There is no greater connection to the earth than walking barefoot on the ground and these practises have a direct correlation to the thoughts we produce, including many of the answers that were not clear to us before.
The deeper we delve into our connection to the earth the more intelligence we discover. Like the wolf, we become more present, more grounded and poised for immediate action. Because this action is determined by just how efficient we become at reacting without analytical thought. Often, thinking just needs to move aside, so we can feel and experience our own intelligence and reactions beyond the image our own thoughts have created.
Simon this was excellent, i really enjoyed reading this, when I have been through troubled times, I use to walk to a special place surrounded by trees and just sit there for half an hour, this gave me strength to carry on so I can relate to what you are saying, you put it very well and hope it helps a lot of people……