Log off, shutdown and spend more time in nature.

These days, I have an inseparable connection to Mother Nature, a sacred bond. I enjoy her vibrancy, her light, her beauty, and her love. I have infinite respect for her, and I radiate gratitude and love when I am in her presence. I feel her powers of healing, compassion, unity, and love. They create stillness and peace in my soul.

This connection was not always there. There was a time when I did not care much for being in nature. Coincidently those were the days I suffered from depression. Is there a link between depression and not being connected to Mother Nature? I certainly believe this to be true.

You are either connected to nature or you not. If you are open to the healing power of nature, it will open up your state of pure awareness. Nature will win your heart and heal your soul, only by its captivating existence and powerful stillness.

Being out in the sun has many benefits, one of the most obvious is exposure to vitamin D. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, you will probably have osteoporosis and be at risk of cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

A few years ago, I had a vitamin D deficiency, and I can tell you for sure that it was not a pleasant experience. I always felt fatigued, and I had bone and back pain, I got sick often and suffered from depression. I took high doses of vitamin D to feel better. If you have any of these symptoms, I suggest you take some Vitamin D supplements and get a daily dose of sunshine.

When I am in the surroundings of nature, I make a concerted effort to be in the present moment. When I am in a forest environment with lots of trees, a deep peace emanates from being in the present moment; it settles into me. At this moment, I use my senses; I touch the trees, I enjoy the smell of the trees, I look at every detail of my surroundings, and I listen to the sounds of nature. I allow the calmness of the moment to infiltrate my heart, my mind, and my soul. Fear and doubt begin to dissolve. I get an intoxicating feeling of strength, courage, and determination. Nature blesses me with pure love, light, and an abundance of joy.

I enhance my experience with the following breathing technique.

 I inhale through my nose for 3 seconds, hold my breath for 3 seconds, inhale through my nose for 2 seconds and hold my breath for 3 seconds, I then inhale through my nose for 1 second and hold my breath for 3 seconds, I then exhale entirely through my nose and repeat the process for as long as I need.

This process allows me to be in the moment and appreciate my surroundings.

Here are some other benefits you will get from spending time in nature:

  • Your immune system gets a boost
  • Your sleep pattern will improve
  • Your blood pressure will reduce
  • Your stress levels will reduce
  • Your mood will drastically Improve
  • Your ability to focus will increase
  • Your energy levels will increase, and your recovery from surgery or illness will be accelerated.

(Excerpt from the book An Enlightened path to self-discovery Click here for more info)

Published by Ebrahim Mongratie

Author and Mindfulness coach

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