“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron
Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper I have been fascinated by nature. It has always had a calming effect on me and when surrounded by it a place to think. We are lucky to have so much wilderness at our disposal so that we can experience it first hand and not have to just see it in pictures. There are some people who have never had that opportunity and I am very grateful that I have been able to enjoy it first hand.
I have been lucky enough to view nature from horseback, a kayak and backpacking. When it seemed like the world was closing in on me and I became anxious I would load my horse up and take off some where on the weekend and ride and camp out. As I would ride along the trails drinking in the beauty of nature I could feel all the negativity in my life melt away and I would become relaxed and refreshed. The effect nature had on me always amazed me. It was a natural sedative for the troubles I had bottled up inside of me.
My favorite gift of nature has to be the river. It is so easy for me to become one with the river. The water that flows between the banks makes the river and gives life to the river like the blood that runs through my veins gives me life. I am at peace with myself on the river. As I drink in the beauty of the river along with its mysteries, my spirit begins recharging itself and my soul awakens making me feel very much alive. Aggravation begins to shed itself from my mind and I feel a new tranquility surround me.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature’s sources never fail.” – John Muir
Don’t take my word for it. Take the time and go out and discover nature for yourself. Close your eyes and listen to everything around you then open your eyes and absorb all the beauty around you into your mind. You will be glad you did.
“I believe that there is a magnetism in Nature,which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” – Henry David Thoreau
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2 thoughts on “Nature: The Natural Sedative”
Outstanding meditation, my Friend. You are the generational extension of Emerson, Thoreau, Muir and other Americans who loved raw nature and felt its embrace. This past week, I felt a wonderful stillness in Louisiana bayou country, oftentimes wondering if I was truly worthy to stand in the midst of such a sanctuary.
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Wow! I am speechless. Your words are way too kind. Thank you. If anyone is worthy, you are.