Editor’s Note: this is a guest post by Jodi Rogers.
There is nothing more beautiful than being in the middle of the African bushveld at night looking up at the star studded skies.
Primal calls of lions, hyenas and jackals echo from unseen places in the darkness of the surrounds. A palpable sense of mystery stirs up feelings of excitement.
I figure it may have something to do with how the wilderness mirrors our own wild nature and allows us to connect with that inner wild woman. I am more able to release my restrictions and flow with life in places like this.
Being present in Nature always has a healing effect on me.
When I was young, it was my escape from a toxic home environment and neighbourhood bullies. I could spend hours picking wild flowers in veld, digging for quartz crystals and watching birds. Often I would walk up to the top of the koppies (hills) behind my house and sit on a big rock in the long grass. I’d look out at the ocean in the horizon and just watch the world go by. Sometimes I’d be with friends, more often than not I was on my own.
It was the one place where I was completely at ease, where life felt peaceful and I could simply forget about my problems.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
~ John Muir
There is something about being in Nature that amplifies my connection to Spirit.
Meditation and moments of profound insight come easier. In Nature’s stillness, I am often made aware of the flow of the Universe. Nature is laden with lessons and metaphors. Immersed in her beauty for long enough, I begin to hear mysterious whispers. These are the whispers of the Earth.
When we tune into them we begin to hear the soul beat of each living being that inhabits the earth. Each beat is encrypted with a sacred message, sometimes simple yet beautiful and sometimes profound and powerful.
The stories that these whispers tell are like point marks on the treasure map, guiding us to our inner treasures and to the treasures of an open heart so that self-love and compassion for all creation flows outward, leading us closer to Divine Spirit.
When I think back to those moments of sitting in the midst of the dancing grass in the koppies, I realise that I heard the whispers of grass long before I understood what it was saying. They speak in a palpable silence and the gentle rustling in the breeze.
Their whispers echo the words ‘PEACE.’
They showed me how each blade lives its own dream, reaching for the sky unapologetically, while at the same time harnessing the power of a community as each dream stands together as a collective to create a beautiful dancing wave.
Just as Nature mirrors the inner wilderness, it also reflects our inner peace.
Any tree or a rock embodies its stillness, fully present, connected to its essence and comfortable with what it is, never trying to be what it is not.
We too can find that space of inner peace when we accept ourselves completely, embrace both our gifts and perceived shortcomings and connect to the placid lake of stillness that rests within our hearts.
By simply being in Nature, this very process almost always happens automatically, both physiologically and spiritually.
She is a flower charmed and nature loving soul who loves quiet moments in lotus position, dreamy sky-scapes and the magic of the Universe.
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