I was standing near the water’s edge looking at the sunset, a soft breeze carrying tree blossoms in the wind. Ripples in the water caught my attention and for a moment all I was aware of, was the beauty all around me. Nature has the ability to change our perspective, remind us of the vastness all around us and just how small we are in comparison to the big picture.Â
In our fast paced world of automation and convenience, we become so accustomed to our daily rituals that much of it becomes numb to us. We stop noticing the beauty around us and just keep following the same steps. If you have ever visited another country you will recall the feeling you had when you gazed up at historical monuments or beautiful gardens, yet the locals didn’t seem to care nearly as much as you .
We set ourselves on autopilot so much that we will pass by a beautiful rose bush and not smell or take a moment to marvel at the beauty in creation. The expression stop and smell the roses has a deeper meaning when we consider how it can change our perspective.
What is Perspective
Perspective is essentially the lens in which you are viewing something. You might look at something from a Motherly perspective , religious/spiritual perspective or a military perspective. Your perspective will impact how you perceive and react to the world around you.
When I stopped to gaze across the water and feel grateful for the beauty around me, I found myself more still and calm. I was in the moment and engaging my senses. My child had their feet dangling in the water and we both felt calm, in awe and at peace. We were viewing our surroundings from a spiritual/religious perspective , we both said Mashallah (expression showing appreciation for a blessing and the will of God) multiple times. The nature around me caused me to think about how small we both really were in the ultimate scheme of things. Something as simple as time in nature was impacting my perspective.
Nature is Therapeutic
We hear about people going camping, they want to get away and reduce stress. These acts of getting back to nature, even if only for a weekend, alter our perspective on things in our life and give us space to unwind. Nature is more than just part of our environment, it can feel spiritual and therapeutic.
Exercise Using Nature
You don’t need to venture off into a state park to experience the impact of nature on your perspective and overall happiness. Sitting on a patio or by an open window can help. Here is a practical exercise using your 5 senses.
- Take in a slow deep breath. Really smell the air, the flowers, whatever is around you.
- Observe everything around you, notice the bird sitting in the tree and the kaleidoscope affect of the sunlight through the branches.
- Listen to the songs of nature, rustling branches or bird chirps, splashes in the water.
- Touch the grass, hold a flower and feel the petals, feel the earth underneath you.
- Enjoy a natural snack while engaging with the nature around you, such as strawberries or seeds.
Nature is a beautiful gift that can help center you and alter your perspective to be more positive. Taking the time to truly stop and smell the roses can impact your mood.
Photo by AMK70
Photo by Dan Cook Archived (dan-scape.co.uk)