The modern world makes it difficult to maintain a healthy relationship with nature, but there are ways to overcome those challenges. Keeping our ties to nature strong can make us much happier, so everyone should strive to harmonize with the natural world, both when they are at home and when they are traveling. There are a lot of ways to do it so everyone can find something that will work for them.
1) Adjust Your Diet
Our diets are a fundamental part of our lifestyles so even a small change to them can change how we feel. Many people find that switching to a vegan diet gives them a stronger connection to nature. It certainly helps to reduce carbon emissions, reduce the need for agricultural land, and deal with other problems, so it is easy to see why people would make that connection. Making the change is fairly easy. If you’re staying home, you need only get a copy of a good vegan cookbook and start experimenting with recipes. Vegan traveling can also be simple as long as you plan your route to take you near places with good vegan food.
There are also a lot of options to choose from if you want to pack some vegan food for your trip, ranging from quick and easy snacks to more complicated dishes. Most of them are cheap and healthy, so it is easy to experiment until you find the ones that you love!
2) Watch for Wildlife
Animals are the most dynamic part of the natural world. They are also the part that is most like us, so they are another great way to cultivate a connection with nature. Take the time to watch them and you will soon see many behaviors that remind you of our own. This is especially true of mammals, but any species can show you that they share many of our basic drives. There is an art to spotting animals. Many of them are scared of us, so it is best to watch from a distance. Look for the places where they tend to gather and be as quiet as possible to avoid scaring them off. When you do see one, watch it carefully for as long as you can. You can broaden your horizons and learn about new species if you are willing to travel.
Try to plan your trips so that you visit new places in the right season to see their wildlife, and try to find new places to visit that have species you have never seen before. The more animals you see, the more you will be able to understand the connections that bring all of life together in a single system.
3) Try Outdoor Meditation
Meditation brings wisdom and understanding. It cuts away distractions and allows us to focus our minds on the things that matter most to us. That can include nature, and using meditation is a great way to direct your attention to the natural world. One of the best ways to direct your meditation towards the natural world is to do it outside. It requires a few changes to your technique, but it is fairly easy. People have been doing it for centuries, so it shouldn’t give you any trouble. Simply find a good place in the wilderness and begin to practice your meditation techniques. Meditation works best when it is part of your daily routine, so doing it on the road is similar to doing it at home.
Traveling will give you the opportunity to focus on new sights while you meditate, so it is a good time to try to cultivate a sense of wonder at the glory of nature. It can also help to deal with the stress of traveling when things go wrong, which means that it is a great choice for making a difficult trip much more pleasant.