Have you spent time exploring and enjoying the natural world recently?

living, breathing forest

At this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, as it gets colder, we tend to spend more time indoors and less time soaking in the beauty nature offers us. This beauty I speak of is not only in relation to the unquestionable majesty of nature.  It also pertains to the intricate, inseparable relationship between humanity and nature that spans millennia.  This relationship is one of learning, understanding, exploitation, love, balance wisdom and reliance.

I am fortunate to live on the west coast of Canada, where the beauty of nature is limitless. There is something enchanting about watching fresh oxygen form over our rainforests, rainforests that are living and breathing.  There is something curious about the communities of loons, seals and orcas that gather together in harmony. When we pay attention, the natural world has so much to offer us.   Emily Carr, a Canadian painter spoke of the spending time in stillness to watch the forest come alive before her very eyes.  She felt that the longer we spent time observing and immersing ourselves in the beauty of nature, the more it had to teach us and the more we would see.

west coast beauty

We all have our own relationship with nature.  I encourage you to connect, to observe, to strengthen the intricacy of your relationship with the rocks, plants, elements, lakes, streams, oceans and rivers.

By spending this time in stillness, you might just be surprised by what you see, hear, smell, taste, feel and learn from the natural world…

By Rachel Frey