10 lessons from nature to inspire our everyday lives

January 29, 2014 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

THINKING BACK ON MY LIFE, what I recall most lucidly are moments that took place in nature. Reaching Bear Mountain Shelter in a frozen, crystalline rain. A perfect, time-suspending launch off Blind Falls on Overflow Creek. Snowboarding runneled June snowfields in Rocky Mountain National Park. Bushwhacking through remote Valdivian forest in Patagonia. Paddling out pre-dawn, the air still chilly but the ocean bath-warm in El Salvador.

So much of our daily life is spent inside, with the insipid, chattering preoccupations that distance us from ourselves. Nature has a way of removing distractions, of commanding our deepest attention. She always has, after all, the last say.

Following this kind of thinking, nature is full of lessons we can draw from, lessons which can inform and inspire our daily lives. After three decades spent camping, paddling, surfing, snowboarding — and feeling better, more “placed,” more at home doing these things than anything else — here are some of the lessons I’ve observed:

Read David Miller’s 10 lessons here.

Entry filed under: Health/Wellness, Heart/Soul, Resilience.

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