It’s not unusual for people to become disconnected from nature in the modern era. With all the technology and mass-produced goods around us, it is increasingly difficult to notice Mother Nature as more than just a nuisance when it rains on our way to work, or even a resource for the manufacturing of our eyeglasses. It’s rare for us to take time to appreciate nature in a world that hardly notices it outside of our convenience.
Perhaps you lost the connection with nature you used to have, or you are just considering the benefits of discovering your earthy side. Whatever the reason may be, we’ve compiled a few ways to reconnect with and appreciate Earth. Here are tips for realigning your energy toward the natural world.
To appreciate anything, you must act with a purpose. Take nothing for granted, and notice your daily life start to change — you will be more conscientious, and your daily tasks will become more purposeful. Being grateful for nature begins with observing the environment around you. It’s important to remind yourself all human beings are connected to nature, too. Take the time to be intentional and do things with purpose. Here are some ways to get in touch with nature by being more intentional:
Do yoga. By clearing your head, this will allow you to focus on balancing your root chakra to reconnect you with Earth. To enhance your meditation, go outside to focus on the elements.
Go on a meditation walk. Walking among nature can help you appreciate it way more than remaining inside. Thich Nhat Hanh once said, “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” Try mindfully walking on the Earth and tapping into your subtle energy by hiking along a trail.
Ground yourself. Wake up and look outside, notice the color of the sky and breathe in some fresh air. Slow down and take in the Earth to bring you back to the here and now.
Sharing nature with others is a powerful reminder that we are all part of the same Earth. For example, plant a community garden to bring together a group of like-minded people and give back to nature. You will be producing your own natural resources, which isn’t only beneficial for your energy, it helps the community and those in need of local resources.
You can even go travel to help people in other poverty-stricken countries. Mission trips and other volunteer programs are excellent opportunities to do some down-to-earth service while helping humanity. Doing things like delivering water and spending the day outside building infrastructure in foreign countries helps you get in touch not only with the natural world, but with the world’s people.
Invite nature into your home to bring the elements inside when you can’t be outside. Having plants in your house increases your productivity and boosts your mood, while a heated rock salt lamp provides a natural air ionizer. Use feng shui to invite nature indoors and balance your natural spirit while providing your home with Earthy aesthetic.
You can also get in touch with nature by making all-natural medicines from Earth’s resources. There are many benefits of using environmentally friendly items, especially for those that will inevitably make it back into nature. Purchase eco-friendly cleaning products with natural ingredients, or use healthier beauty products made from scratch.
Paint a natural scene or take pictures of Earth to understand nature’s overpowering sublimity. Notice all the details in your finished work, and all the details in nature. With the changing seasons, picturesque sunsets and powerful oceans, it’s easy to find inspiration for your next art project and reconnect with the Earth through artwork.
With these simple but mindful tasks, you can reconnect with nature for what it is: a complex and beautiful technology in and of itself. Take time to enjoy the simple things you tend to overlook and kiss the Earth. Your body, mind and soul will thank you.