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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Beautiful Nature

I recently had the opportunity to spend time in nature over the Christmas break. Between Christmas and New year I went camping in a beautiful little town called Narooma (see picture) along the south coast of New South Wales Australia. It is a really beautiful part of the world and thanks to all the rain we have been having it is also lush and green. We camped in a caravan park full of trees between a river and the ocean . It was so wonderful to get out of the city and connect with nature again.

I woke up early and went to the beach each morning to meditate by the power of the ocean. It really is different to meditate outside away from buildings, traffic, and electricity. Sitting there doing pranayama breathing in the freshness of the air and the energy of the ocean made me feel so alive. Then sitting in meditation with the waves crashing on the shore helped my mind to still.

Camping is such a great way to spend time off.  Sleeping in a tent under the trees, living by the moon, cooking and eating outside is such a wonderful experience, one that I think we deprive ourselves of way too much.

my other holiday experience with nature was on the last day of my break. I went to an amazing national park just outside of Sydney. It was hard to imagine we were so close to such a huge city as there were nothing but trees as far as the eye could see. We walked along the cliffs and soaked up the energy and the beauty that Mother Nature has been so kind to provide. Strolling along I felt a real sense of peace and the fact that I was on uneven ground and had to pay attention to where I was going helped me to stay more present. My mind wandered of course but I kept being brought back to where I was either but having to check the path or because of the beauty around me.

So if you are a city dweller and need a break from the hustle and bustle of urban living make a trip into the wilderness. Get in the car, on the bus or whatever it takes and get out of the city. Go for a walk, meditate on the beach, revisit nature, you won't regret it. Enjoy the fresh air and the positive, cleansing energy of nature. Bring a little sattva into your life.