Wellbeing is a practice – it’s an art of deep listening into our true needs, desires and inspirations to live meaningful lives aligned with the natural world around us.
This is intrinsically our natural state of being and various things can let us feel off track and out of balance. Whether these root in adjustable factors like poor nutrition, pollution, a lack of education or in longstanding trauma, disease and disconnection from ourselves – to bring ease into experiences of unrest is the most virtuous responsibility we own.
It’s said that man will have a thousand wishes, until he is unwell. Then he will only have one.
The mind itself has a natural ability to be at rest and become tranquil. This may be difficult to believe as it is normally quite stirred and turbulent as a result of continuous thought patterns. Yet once we ground it into the present we get a glimpse of its potential for a quieter, yet alert awareness of ourselves, our surrounding and the relationship between the two. With practice and gentle diligence this will become a more natural state to inhabit and brings with it the ability to discern for a better living and respond accordingly.
When we learn to truly tend to ourselves we understand to tend to our natural world, to care for her and in return be taught and nurtured by her.
In turning to nature and listening – not only with your physical ears, but with the receptivity of our being – we can experience something so innate that it leaves us both awestruck and deeply satisfied. Every intelligent cell standing ajar, excitedly embracing the harmonising symphony of feeling in sync with the natural orchestra.
Graced by her presence we shall offer her our undivided attention and receive the lessons, the healing, the spectacle, the peace, the phenomena she eloquently portrays.
Be still here.
Can you notice a wind picking up? Can you pause in your step – and step onwards lightly? Can you breathe deeply with the rising light, can you let the fading sun enter your eyes?
Can you hold your gaze on the horizon and not be tempted to detract?
Everything you see has a birth, a life and a death. In a continuous cycle of restoration we abide to the same laws.
May we heed them with reverence for the well-being of all.
Read more about finding wellness in nature at the Londolozi Healing House.