I have surrendered ideas of perfection, I surrender any notions of how things are going to go and leave my mind open for the chance learn from a new experience. I’ve left behind my prejudices towards natures vulgar ways and expect that it will be wet and dirty, that there might be bugs, and animal feces. Allow the mind to make it’s own ideas as your senses experience nature. Clear your mind of worries, work and reactions so that the truth of reality might strike with an unexpected ferocity that enlightens the mind.
At times, I am so goal oriented that I often times miss the most important part of the journey.I don’t think negatively, I don’t form any preconceived ideas of what my walk through the wild will be like, I simple look at the vibrant green mosses, at the mushrooms growing on old stumps, breath the musty perfume of old leaves and earth. I take the time to notice the difference in the foliage, how the plants bend under my weight and the harmony of the trees moving in unison with the trees.
Instead let imagination and intuition take hold, in other words, become a child. As I watch the children make there way over fallen trees and through bushels of thorns, they set aside their discomfort for the sake of adventure.
So must I leave the worries of your busy life with tasks left undone to give my mind and body a break. Giving my body a chance to unburden and breath, letting myself to simply live in the now without worry of what is to come next.
Henry David Thoreau is said to be the greatest nature observer of all time says “If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again – if you have
paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man, then you are ready for a walk.” On the contrary, one must be burden to fully appreciate the healing effects of a simple walk through nature. The woods is not a place for the elite, a place that only people who have achieved a certain status in life can become apart of. It is simply a journey that can only be taken by those who decide to leave behind their ideas of what their walk with nature will be like, and those who can become like a child with intuition and imagination.