There is an increasing number of us embracing our natural connection with the Earth and the land. While convenience of modern life is enticing and technology may be all the buzz, there is a natural environment that we are remembering to respect and align with.
A recent article suggests that going to sleep in virtual reality can alleviate insomnia and loneliness—if we avoid being harassed by kids. But why lose ourselves in virtual reality or hide behind an avatar in the Metaverse when we can embrace the natural flow of life?
Can we make space for genuine experiences and be present in the moment? What happens when we picture ourselves standing in the heart of a lush rainforest, listening to the Earth’s heartbeat, feeling the gentle breeze, and watching the play of light and shadows through the trees? And then, making it a real adventure.
Take my life changing Amazon adventure in 2014 as an example. I was struck by the contrast between us westerners, outfitted with protective gear from head to toe, and our local guides, who navigated the wilderness barefoot with nothing but machetes to clear our path. They didn’t need AI or algorithms—just trust, deep listening, and an intimate love of the land. It was a powerful reminder of what we can learn from nature and the wisdom of those who live in harmony with it.
Realizing we are part of nature allows us to be real, connect and charge. it also offers invaluable lessons in adaptability and balance. When we observe the cycles of life around us, we realize that we’re part of a much larger ecosystem. And that our actions have a ripple effect on the world.
And isn’t it fascinating that there are many people right now who are not concerned with AI or algorithms because of the deep connection with natural flow. Venturing into the great outdoors, taking a walk in the woods, or dipping our toes in the ocean is simply an important way of life.
As we connect with nature, we find that the beauty, wonder and wisdom it holds is worth more than any high-tech gadget or virtual experience.
So, what happens when we give ourselves permission to not rush through everything? Maybe a leisurely pace and a focus on what matters allows us to appreciate both the beauty and the opportunities around us, whether it’s a majestic mountain range or a bustling cityscape.
And when embracing the simple pleasure of walking, can we feel the earth beneath our feet, and let the open sky inspire us? Meaningful self-discovery is more likely to happen when embracing life than gazing at a screen.
I am learning to step outside my comfort zone and challenge myself to walk my talk. Being in alignment with Nature opens us up to life . And by falling down and getting up again, we gain invaluable insights and grow in ways we never thought possible. It’s during these moments that we reveal our true selves.