Nature is Healing
A Guest post by Aman Kohli and Elisabeth Demeter
Humans have been, are, and always will be a part of nature. No matter how much technology and automation we invent, we are still dependent on all the gifts nature offers. What we seem to have forgotten though, is the knowledge and experience that is only truly gained by living IN nature.
It’s already a great gift if we have some natural greenery, a body of water, or an open landscape around us. When we are in nature and take the time to really notice the difference to the city or to being in a house all day, we notice, how good we feel when spending time outside. Well… as long as we came prepared to not be overwhelmed by the forces of nature, like the sun, the rain or the wind.
So we go outside, smell the roses, sit in the grass, but then, at the end of the day we go home. And even though it already feels like a lot to some of us, it’s more like just licking the food, but not really eating it.
Truly immersing ourselves in nature for even just a whole cycle of the sun or two can give you a bit of a taste of what it means to live more connected with the Earth and Mother Nature. It opens up pathways to knowledge that can’t really be put into words. It’s experienced knowledge that cannot be captured in a book, a movie, or on a picture.
Living outside, sleeping outside, and becoming part of the forest is like the difference between staying in a hotel and doing sightseeing tours, versus staying at a host family and getting to know the culture and a feel for the place.
But that’s not all!
When we immerse ourselves in nature, we can reconnect with our own intrinsic, natural, wild selves. We can connect to what is truly important in our lives, and remember to see the world with the eyes of a child – full of magic and possibility. At the same time, our nervous systems calm down, and we allow not just our body, but our mind and soul to heal.
However, staying outside for a few days (and nights) or a more extended period of time is not all sunshine and rainbows, where nothing can happen to you and you are catered for at all times. At least not, if you’re not used to it and don’t know what you’re doing. You will experience, what is truly necessary for you to feel warm, nourished, and cared for. What you really NEED to do, to live.
It’s a return to our roots and the basics of living. And in doing so, all the clutter can fall off, and you can experience to simply be alive.
To experience this, you can join our wild week immersions on the edge of the Pannonian lowlands: https://www.wildroots.info/wild-week-nature-and-being/