There is a certain mystical healing power in nature. Whether it is hiking in the mountain, walking through a forest, skipping bare foot on grass, looking into a clear lake trying to see the bottom, staring at a sunrise with dropped jaw, catching clouds turning from white to pink on an evening commute, or simply looking up the sky and seeing all the patterns, shapes and creatures the clouds form, it always gives me a sense of serenity and puts me in a better mood. I am not only mesmerized by the spectacular exhibitions nature showcases after a grueling hike or a few hours of driving, I am also constantly fascinated by all the little things nature offers around us. I am often caught looking up, gazing at clouds with a smile on my face like an idiot. Or taking photos of oddly arranged tree branches on the sidewalk like a weird tourist who's never seen a tree before. There's just something alluring about trees and leaves and stones and clouds and, and, and everything natural. I don't even remember when nature began to have such an impact on me. I didn't grow up being close to or knowing much about nature, let alone appreciating it. I believe this fascination started when I was going through some rough time in my life about 10 years ago. I don't remember how my love for nature started but I sure am glad it did.
I wonder if it's because when you're in nature, it feels like you're being embraced by Mother Earth. It's like being comforted by your mum. The instinct of feeling loved, warmed and nurtured by a mother. A mother who can also whip your ass with a gentle strike. I fortunately have not experienced any major natural disasters but I'm sure that is nature's way of reminding us to not mess with her and to put us in our place.
Being in nature, feeling connected to the environment is not only comforting, it is also a good reminder of how small, how insignificant we all are in the grand scheme of things. No matter how invincible, how important or superior we think we are, how disastrous we think our problem is, how stressful or overwhelming a situation feels, in the presence of Mother Earth, we are only a speck, and so are the issues we are facing. It helps us shift our perspective and thus change our thinking. It helps us see that perhaps we should be more humble about our existence, make lighter of our heavy burden, and take a step back from the centre of our problem and see it from more objective and more effective way. And that perhaps the situation we are in is not that dire after all and that perhaps whatever we cannot stop fretting about, whatever we cannot find a solution for will resolve itself in its own way, or the solution will come to you when you least expect. And that everything will work out in the end. When we allow nature to work its magic and allow ourselves to flow with flow of things we cannot control, we let the mystical creator take charge. When we connect to and connect with something so simple yet powerful, we allow healing to begin. The best things in life are usually the simplest, the most natural and yet the most beautiful, the most awe-inspiring and most exquisite.