Spend a little time in nature. Take a walk in the woods, put a foot in a stream or lake, glance at the sky. Too many people never look up and thus they miss the perspective of the vastness of life on Earth. They don’t get to experience the sense of oneness that the sky offers, the same sky that everyone sees. In the daytime, the clouds float by like memories from around the world and at night the stars speak of the vast unknown that everyone wonders about. Let nature show you that you are not so different from everyone else, that indeed there is a sense of oneness to it all.
Foster kinship with nature, even if only in some small way. You need nature, most importantly in the air you breathe. Everyone breathes and shares the air equally, and air is a most important aspect of nature and human life. Think of all the creatures, human, animal, insect, amoeba that share the air of life with you. Be amazed that every particle you breathe has been passed along from one life to another, from the heavens to the Earth, from the birds in the sky to the babes in arms. Remain in awe of this most important element with every breath you take, and with gratitude thank nature and your fellow creatures for the pure ability to simply breathe.
You are connected to everyone, and to everything in nature too, and everyone and everything in nature is connected to you. There is a universal energy that flows to and through everything, including you. Even when you feel alone and out of sync with nature and the world this energy still flows through you. Slow down and you will feel it. Breathe and you will feel it. Hum and you will feel it. Close your eyes and just listen and you will feel it.
It’s not that hard to calm the central nervous system. Look at a beautiful picture, and breathe deeply. Imagine a place that is special to you, and breathe deeply. Close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Sit in the light of the sun, and breathe deeply. Take a walk, and breathe deeply. Sit beside water, and breathe deeply. Gaze at the night sky, and breathe deeply. There are so many opportunities in a day to get calm, to take care of yourself for a few moments, and to align with your own spirit. Just do it, just breathe.
Brighten your day by bringing something from nature into your life, a sprig of greenery, a special stone, a shell, or even a photograph of a beautiful scene, for nature, in its very qualities of constancy and chaos, is very inspiring. Contemplate upon its changing qualities and yet its wholeness as well, its strengths and its frailties, its beauty and its horrors. So is nature like human life, full of paradoxes, and yet in its wholeness it is stunningly beautiful. Learn from nature to appreciate the self, all that you are, and stunningly beautiful as well.