The Power of Nature

Nature: such a simple word, but with such an immense meaning!

When we pronounce this word our imagination is invaded by photos that we keep in our emotional memory, photos of beautiful sceneries, forests, woodland, beaches… places where we have been and experienced a powerful emotional connection, or simply places where we would like to go to keep enriching our souls.

I grew up in a central region of Italy, and from a very young age I have always been very much in contact with Nature. I have very beautiful memories of my early childhood: I can almost see my self as a little girl, on my father’s shoulders, walking through the woods and keeping busy while establishing that first connection with the land. I used to spend hours digging the soil and being fascinated by all the insects and creatures living underground. One of my favourite hobby was to pick up worms from the soil with my little hands, and give them names as we were becoming friends, so that my dad could get on with his love for bird watching and fishing.

I feel extremely lucky to have had these type of experiences, and I really appreciate them right now, more than ever, as wonderful memories. Unfortunately due to the highs and lows of life, that don’t always go as you wish, the relationship with my father took his course to an end, but all of these ‘Wild Experiences’ shared with him, are something that I will always cherish and keep within my heart, because it truly made me appreciate that special connection that everyone should have with our Mother Nature. My father may have not understood many things in his life, but he surely understood how to make you feel free.

Nature has the power to make you regain that Spiritual Freedom that we tend to lose constantly in our contemporary life styles, as we tend to focus our attention too much on stressful, boring and meaningless events, completely forgetting about the beauty of the simple things, like a walk in the woods, or a stroll on the beach.

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United States – California, Muir Woods, October 2015

As a Meditation Teacher and Stress Management facilitator I always strongly recommend to spend time in Nature to people, especially if you live within the rhythm of a stressful busy city like London. Through Nature we can rebalance our internal energy, awaken our senses, and reconnect to our precious inner self. It is such a great place to stimulate our soul, our creative being, our inner child. In fact in Japanese medicine, for example, the ‘Forest Bathing’, better known as Shinrin-yoku, has become such an important part in preventative health care. It has been scientifically proven to have so many benefit to our health and immune system: reducing stress, improving moods, sleep, etc. (Here is the link of a very interesting webpage, if you want to know a bit more about Shinrin-yoku: http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/shinrin-yoku.html )

As I was introduced to the power of Nature quite early in life, by now I can surely consider my self a true ‘Nature addict’… I wouldn’t know how to live without trees and green spaces around me, they truly are a priority above everything! And the older I get, the more Nature I need. So, in total honesty, the decision to go and live in the country, surely came from my deeply engraved ‘Nature addiction’ :). The desire to be able to breathe in fresh air, as you are surrounded by the sound of the trees and their for ever changing dancing leaves, caressed by the wind… and as you look at the sky, there you are bewitched by the radiant stars… ❤

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United States – California, Muir Woods, October 2015

Author: CristianaCan

Hi There, My name is Cristiana, I'm a Fine Artist and a qualified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher, hugely in love with Dogs & Nature :)

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