There were miles of road stretched before me, like a long black rope. Once my eyes adapted to the darkness, the mountains no longer scared me with their twisted shadows. They became my solace and home this trip. When you surrender yourself to the mountains, to Mother Earth, you are rewarded with a wisdom and peace only the dirt and rocks beneath your feet can give you. Only the mountains, who have existed in their straight-forward wisdom for centuries, have that gift to give. An accumulation of energy and knowledge parallel to that of the gods. It’s no wonder ancient native Americans before us saw the divine in nature, it’s the closest thing we have to it.
These escapes into the natural world recharge our energy. I won’t delve too deeply into the topic of our generation being surrounded by technology and constantly connected, because I do believe there has been a strong upside to that. Because of technology we can share and connect with people we’d never have had the chance to meet. This universal way of touching people’s hearts and minds can’t be a bad thing. Although everything has its pros and cons, even nature, a balance of both worlds is essential.
Travel is one way to find this natural equilibrium. I often visit the mountains, however, I have recently made more of a concerted effort to connect with nature here at home. While there isn’t much forest and zero mountains in Miami, we have the ocean. What I love about nature is its spirit. Like music or any type of art, each natural terrain has its own vibe. When I’m in the mountains, I feel a sort of protective peace. A real silence that we can’t experience in any city, no matter how big or small, as even the appliances in our homes buzz or beep. The contemplative silence makes me feel awe, and it expands my soul to life’s possibilities. Similarly, the ocean has a tranquil nature. While there isn’t the same stillness found in the mountains, the constant crashing of waves against the sand puts me in a lull. The water cradles my consciousness into a relaxing trance. If I take a dip, she detoxes the body and mind. I feel at ease, like everything is going to be all right. There’s no need to think, only be present.
It’s important to take advantage of the natural settings in your home town. In Miami, there are far too many people who live here and haven’t seen water for months or years at a time. We’ve all been guilty of neglecting this at some point, but it’s really important to take that step and get out in Mama Nature.
What’s your favorite natural setting? Do you get out there and roll around in Mother Earth? Drop us some nature love below!