“The Earth is what we all have in common, yet the ways we connect with it vary.”
Whether I’m at my residence in the capital city of India or travelling anywhere across the globe, I make sure I have my pristine moments, embraced by Nature, to feel closest to Mother Earth. It reminds us that we are a part of a larger ecosystem, and helps us cultivate mindfulness. Connecting with Nature is one of the most rewarding and rejuvenating experiences one can have. Being simple and humble never goes out of style. Whether you’re in the bustling city or traveling to any part of the world, taking time to embrace nature can help you feel elevated while staying grounded, connected to the beautiful elements of Nature. There is no denying that spending time in Nature has numerous benefits for our physical, mental and emotional health, impacting our overall well being, because there are several similarities between our biological mother and the mother Earth. Both are life giving, nurturing and protective. They both have the power to heal and sustain life, and remind us of the beauty and fragility of our existence.
- Life-giving: A mother brings new life into the world, and the Earth is responsible for creating, sustaining and supporting all life on our planet. Both are essential for the continuation of life.
- Nurturing: Both, a mother and the Earth, are nurturing and provide sustenance to those who depend on them. A mother provides physical nourishment and emotional support to her children, while the Earth provides food, water and shelter to all living beings.
- Protective: A mother protects her children and keeps them safe from harm, just as the Earth shields us from the harshness of space and harmful rays from the Sun.
- Unconditional Love: A mother’s love for her children is often described as unconditional, and the Earth’s love for all living beings is equally unconditional.
- Healing: A mother has the ability to heal her child’s wounds with a gentle touch, and the Earth has immense energy and power to heal us through the use of plants and natural remedies.
Here are some of the ways in which being with nature can positively impact our well-being:
1. Reduces Stress and Anxiety: Spending time with Nature can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels, allowing us to relax and recharge.
2. Boosts Mood and Improves Mental Health: Being with Nature increases feelings of joy and overall well-being.
3. Enhances Creativity and Productivity: Nature can stimulate creativity, increase productivity and problem-solving skills.
4. Promotes Physical Health: Spending time in nature can improve health by increasing physical activity and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
Wherever I be, it’s quintessential for me to have my quiet moments to feel the soft glow within me. And what could be better a way than to stay connected with Mother Nature no matter where we are:
1. Go for a Walk:
Even if you live in a bustling city, there are often parks or green spaces nearby where you can go for a walk and immerse yourself in Nature. Take a break from your busy schedule and spend some time walking, inhaling the fresh air, and soothing your eyes with the natural scenery.
2. Spend Time Gardening:
If you have a green thumb, gardening can be a great way to connect with nature. Whether you have a small balcony or a larger outdoor space, planting flowers, vegetables or herbs can be a rewarding and relaxing experience.
3. Take a Hike or go Camping:
If you're traveling, research nearby hiking trails or nature reserves where you can take a hike, explore the local flora and fauna. This can be a great way to get some exercise, fresh air while experiencing the beauty of nature.
4. Watch the Sunrise or Sunset:
Whether you're at home or traveling to the hills or beaches, watching the sunrise or sunset or even simply gazing into the sky, can be a breathtaking experience. Find a spot with a good view and take a few moments to appreciate the beauty of the natural world.
Be grateful and stay humble. An ethereal connection with Nature can be a transformative experience. Do share your thoughts and pictures with Nature to cherish and celebrate Earth Day!