This summer heat has been most uninspiring as of late. I find myself indoors more than I'd like to be. Nature heals me in my times of stress, sorrow and negativity and to be away from it from fear of heat stroke makes day to day living quite difficult.
It's times like these where I like to go back to pictures of wonderful things I find on my walks through the woods.
When I'm able to harvest all of my focus on the small things I come across on my walks, I'm then able to clear my mind and think straight.
I think that is something everyone should practice. The art of being able to stop and small the flowers, to slow down and take in what is surrounding you.
I've lost count on the amount of times I'll find a snail or a gorgeous mushroom and suddenly all of my worries and concerns are less overwhelming. I become excited over something we consider to be so insignificant and yet this little thing has just made the biggest impact on me.
I like to imagine what the world would be like if everyone was able to do this. If everyone gave themselves the opportunity to escape, even if it's only for half an hour. To clear their mind and cope with the stresses of the daily grind.
Of course everyone has their own ways of coping, but I feel the forests provide us with something far more that we can really understand. It's hard to put into words. You just need to experience it for yourself.
Next time you are stressed, sad, worried, feeling down. Give the forest a visit. Find a rock and sit on it. Find a river or lake and lay by it. Let the sounds of nature be the only thing you hear. Let the wind take your stress away for a moment.
Perhaps I sound a bit crazy, but I'm able to have peace of mind when I do this.
Anyway, that's the end of my rant. Back to the woods I go. I'll cope with the sweat.
Until next time...
(Photos taken with a Canon EOS 6D, 50mm f/1.8 Lens)