Today is possibly one of the most important World Environment Day celebrations. It is more than goodwill. Your participation today would be a resistance to the leaders of the world, who have chosen money over the planet. This celebration is spearheaded by the UN every year on 5th June, as a call to action to the planet’s dwellers, since 1972. Every year, UN selects a theme around which communities show their commitment to the only habitable planet we know, love, and cherish – our Earth. This year, the theme of the World Environment Day is “Connecting People to Nature”. We share with you a few ideas to easily, yet mindfully, connect to nature everyday:
Many of us live in concrete jungles, surrounded by high-rises and artificial wonders. If you are lucky enough to have a little patch of grass somewhere near you though, you may still connect with nature. Whether it is a nearby park, the garden in your housing complex, or just a small stretch of grass by the road, you need to try this. Take an early morning walk barefoot, on the dew laden grass. You are bound to feel an instant connect with mother Earth. The touch of the wet blades on the soles of your feet would envelope you, like a forgotten love. The exercise has also been known to have great health benefits. Just remember the wise words of the Buddhist Monk, Thich-Nhat-Hanh, “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
Watch the Skies
When life gets to you, and the walls start to close in – fight back. Move out of the four walls that constrict us and look up. The wonder of the vast space would make every challenge in your life seem small, and manageable. Watch the sun rise or set. If you are lucky, you might get a stunning backdrop – of an endless ocean, or a snowy peak. Nonetheless, even if you have a slice of the sky from your city pad, give it a watch. On a clear night, the stars will serenade you, the moon will give you joy! On a beautiful morning, the clouds will lift your heart. So, when you feel low, just look up!
Embrace the Dirt
When was the last time you got soaked in rain, and jumped into a muddy puddle? Can you remember the feeling? Have you seen the sheer joy children get from digging earth, soil and sand? Let go of the inhibitions – get down and dirty with Nature. Hike on a dusty trail, or do a little gardening in your background. Sit down on a sandy beach, or your child’s sand pit. Pot a plant. Make a snow angel. Feel life in the crevices of your fingers, as the fear of getting soiled is overtaken by the happiness of being one with nature.
Keep a Bird Bath
Whether you have a tiny window ledge, a balcony, or a backyard – keep a little water, and maybe a few seeds, for the birds. The little swallows and sparrows would find their way to your home. Their chirping will fill your mornings. Trust me, it is like a little therapy from nature.
Communicate with Nature
This may seem a little out there – but, if you are a pet parent, you know what I am talking about. Talk to animals. They might not understand the words, but they get the emotion. They would share their feelings beautifully once the connect is established. In fact, I suggest take it a step further. Talk to plants and trees, hug a branch, kiss a flower. And, then, at other times, listen to Nature. I mean, really listen. Switch your phone off, turn down the music and close your eyes – especially early in the morning, or late at night. You may hear a cricket chirp, or water flow through the pipes. The wind will tell stories of faraway lands to your soul. There are only a few things more beautiful than being able to have a tete-a-tete with our Planet.
This World Environment Day, refresh your relationship with nature. Let the magic Heal you, and the world around you. Don’t worry – the Earth will have your back!
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