Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. ~Standing Bear
To become more connected to ourselves, others, our surroundings, nature, and the greater wide world I think is what life is all about. Cultivating a mindfulness practice is all about connection. Dwelling happily in the here and now is directly related to how connected we are in the present moment.
Yesterday I went to Lake Como in the Bitterroot valley (located in western Montana). Along with my mom, stepson, and one of his friends we went on a hike partway around the lake. We were hoping to make it to the waterfall but we had to let go of our destination due to lack of time (If you zoom in to the pic above you’ll be able to see the waterfall across the lake). Alongside the lake trail were wild roses deep pink and fragrant, hillsides splayed with long blades of thick green grass, inclined fields of great craggy rocks, and rust colored trunks of Ponderosas. While walking along a nature trail it is wonderfully difficult to not be absorbed into one’s surroundings. Connection is inevitable within the embrace of nature – sometimes it might take a little while to allow the weights we carry to be put down but, if given the proper amount of time, connection comes quite organically.
There are many many ways to cultivate connection – getting out in nature is one of my favorites. I think it is easy to forget about how important it is to foster our relationship with the natural surroundings we find ourselves close by to. Whether it be the woods, mountains, desert, canyons, bodies of water, ocean, fields, rocks, or gardens and parks in a big city there is an inherent comfort that can be felt, deep teachings being offered, and a light of awareness that shines within the bounds of nature.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein