My class did an interesting, but simple experiment dealing with nature. We were all told to escape for a short time to some form of nature without any outside connections (cellphone, laptop, etc.,) and in another place in an urban setting and record what we felt, saw, heard, and contrast/compare the two. The results were interesting, but somewhat expected to say the least. Many really felt ‘at home’ with the nature setting, and felt antsy in the other–even the ones that are most comfortable with the city. People in the nature setting felt at ease, could think better, empty themselves of worries while in the urban setting they were overloaded, overwhelmed by the chaos of overbearing commotion of the city.
In connection with my past blog posts, I spoke about the struggle between ‘nature’ and ‘wilderness’ and after this past experiment I’ve come to a conclusion. When we are forced to go out the nature setting, we mostly see it was a wilderness because we weren’t purposely planning to go into it as we were forced to–we didn’t go when we were comfortable. However, if we go when we choose to and with the intention of it, we see it as nature. The reason why I feel more people were feeling the difference o the two settings and felt more at ease with the nature setting was because we all have an inner nature that we crave. We all need to connect with this and feed it and when we find ourselves in a comfortable nature setting, and go back into the urban areas, we feel the difference and it feels like something is missing. In all our hustle and bustle of the modern age we need to connect with this this ‘cleanse’ ourselves and reconnect with this essential part of us.
So I made a link to a way we can achieve this: Yoga. Why? If you look through the article, it says it allows you to focus, to let go of worries and just relax and ‘cleanse’ yourself of the baggage of today’s fast life. We can get that same feeling we get in nature, and reconnect with that spiritual inner nature we have, the roots of who we are as human beings. I think we can all benefit from looking into it, or even giving yourself 15 minutes a day to just sit and relax and think about nature and who we are as beings.