Bond with Nature

— Akber Ayub

There are places on earth that resonate with high natural energies – primeval forests, woodlands, sites of ancient civilizations, mountain tops, riversides and similar areas. In fact, any beautiful spot, be it a verdant hill, a garden in full bloom or a scenic panorama radiates a vibrant natural energy.

The corollary to this is that when we commune with nature, we absorb the life strengthening energies from our surroundings. How do we ‘commune’ with nature? An intimate connection with nature entails, first and foremost, being truly and consciously aware of its presence. Not a cursory look or an indifferent gaze, but filling our consciousness with its presence, an intimate look where its shapes and sizes, colours and contours, the feel and essence of the place registers on us. Along with the visual feast, we take in the sounds and smells, the very vibrations of the earth to create an inner rapport with our surroundings involving all our senses. When we feel the caress of the breeze, the warmth of the sun, smell the earthly aromas and resonate with our surrounding, we are truly communing with nature—the kind of bonding that allows us to recharge our batteries.

Experiments conducted in a new field of research called bioenergetics have proved the existence of an intelligent but invisible energy that communicates between all forms of life—plant, animal and humans, operating right down to the cellular level. Even as early as in the seventies, researcher Marcel Vogel, working with plants and their sensitivity to humans found that they have the ability to register human thoughts and emotions and possess memory. He also found that plants radiate energy beneficial to man. These findings prove that plants are sentient—able to perceive and communicate with other life forms.

When we go for a walk in the forest and truly commune with our surrounding, we’ll notice that it fills us with positive vibes—a sense of well being, of harmony, gratitude, integrity and joy. Maintaining our contact with earth in this way also helps us drain our negativity, our excess and unnecessary energies. To quote Muir, the French naturalist: “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” He speaks with even more conviction when he says:, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

Communion with nature has the power to transform negative emotions, bring clarity to mind, reduce stress and eliminate toxins on all levels. They raise our energy vibrations, our vitality, our Chi as the Chinese call it.

Trees live for centuries, solidly rooted to the earth, yet reaching out to the skies, connected to the sun and air, in complete harmony with the rest of creation. Furthermore, they are cheerful, charming, unpretentious, strong and adaptable. It follows therefore that when we spend quiet moments with them, we are closer to discovering our own roots, our true essence. Henry David Thoreau sums it up succinctly when he says, “I come to my solitary woodland walk as the homesick go home.”

About the Author
AKBER AYUB is a former entrepreneur, ex-marine engineer, book author, and a travel & feature writer for dailies and travel magazines.

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