I’m currently living in an urban city environment and have been feeling a strong disconnect with nature. My body and soul are craving fresh air, the ocean, trees, flowers and sunshine. I want to hear the birds calling and interact with animals. I know that as soon as I am connected with nature I feel more relaxed, free, grateful, meditative, creative and inspired.
Our ancestors were so in tune with Mother Earth. Their relationship with the land and seasons was central to their survival as they needed to remain connected in order to have adequate food, weather and shelter. They had an immense respect for Mother Earth and were careful not to deplete the Earth’s resources so they could be naturally replenished.
I personally admire the deep bond that the Indigenous people of Australia have with Mother Earth. They view all life – people, animals, insects, plants, rocks, rivers, skies and mountains – as interconnected. From their worldview, material and spiritual worlds weave together and all living things possess a sacred meaning.
Modern life has estranged many city dwellers from this living sense of connectedness. Many feel disconnected and alienated, despite a constant connection to an online world. I too am guilty of feeling alone and unhappy, despite spending hours supposedly connecting through social media. That is because real life does not exist behind a screen, it exists out in our crazily beautiful, magnificent Earth.
It is so important to connect with Mama Earth to feel gratitude for all the gifts that she provides us with, practice respect for all life forms, take positive actions to reduce our footprint and look after our own health and wellbeing. If you feel disconnected from nature in your everyday life, you might like to try some of the following activities to help you re-connect:
- Swim in the ocean (or a creek or lake)
- Go on a hike
- Visit a waterfall
- Drive through the countryside
- Organise a camping trip
- Visit a local park
- Bury your feet in the sand
- Practice yoga outdoors
- Walk through the rainforest
- Walk barefoot
- Climb a tree
- Bring a bit of nature into your home through houseplants
- Open windows and let natural light and air into your home
- Decorate your room with crystals
- Start a garden and/or compost bin
- Sit outside in the sunshine when eating meals
- Buy your produce seasonally from a local market
I hope this post inspires you to prioritise connection with nature, the Earth and all the wonderful life upon it. It has certainly given me much needed inspiration through writing it!