“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs
I have always been drawn to nature ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I have always had the opportunity to get lost in the allure of nature and fill my mind and spirit with its serenity. I am truly blessed.
I truly wish that everyone could have a chance to immerse themselves in nature for one week. No outside interferences and primitive camping only. I really think it would change peoples lives. Nature has a way of taking all the negativity you have accumulated and shed it from your inner being. If you decide you want to do this sometime, I have put together a little something I hope will make it a pleasurable experience for you.
A Guide To Help You Find Yourself
You need a place to camp. I recommend using state campgrounds in conservation areas. They usually have walking trails. Some have creeks, rivers and lakes in them which add to your “things to do list”. Fishing, kayaking and canoeing become available for you to use. They make it easy to get lost in nature.
If you are serious about finding yourself, I recommend primitive camping because, in a way it brings us back to the ways of our ancestors. No electric. No running water. No TV! Wow, I heard a lot of moans then. It really is a humbling experience. It will make you appreciate a lot of things in your life. Go by yourself. Make sure you practice meditation during your time in nature. It is the perfect venue to use mediation for cleansing your soul, mind and spirit. A good book doesn’t hurt either. Now I am not talking A Thousand Shades of Purple or Yearnings of a Desperate Housewife/Husband. Maybe a self-help book, philosophical, spiritual and thought provoking.
Cook your own meals. If you don’t like cooking there are some really delicious MREs on the market. The object of this week long camping trip is to be able to live within your own little world for the whole week so that you won’t be distracted by outside influences or ideas. This time is to be used for you to find yourself. Tame your demons and deal with the skeletons in your closet that seem to be holding you back to achieve your dreams. A good time to evaluate yourself and where you are at in your life.
“Walk in nature and feel the healing power of trees.” Anthony William
Get up before dawn and sit in solitude and watch the sunrise and the beginning of a new day. Listen carefully as the wildlife begins their day. Get lost in the sun as it rises in the east and let your imagination run wild. Track your thoughts and feelings in your journal so that you will have it to remind you of that morning when you are back at the daily grind.
Then an hour before sunset make your way to some place you can watch the sunset as your day comes to an end. In the solitude absorb all the things that happened that day. Be sure to add them to your journal. As the sun slips into the west listen to all the new sounds of the forest as the fingers of daylight recede and succumb to the darkness. Hear the coyote howling in the distance as the symphony of crickets began their night of music. Relax and enjoy and clear your mind. Let the serenity of the night lull you into a peacefulness that is hard to explain. Once you feel it you will never think the same.
In closing I would like to say I am a realist and know that not everyone would be comfortable in this setting. If you like the idea and never experienced it please by all means go for it. You won’t be sorry and you will be a new person. You will appreciate more in life and you will like yourself better.
“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Thanks for reading. If you have never done this and do take up the adventure please let me know what you thought about indulging in such an undertaking. Don’t forget to spread the love.