Sometimes it’s hard to create space for ourselves in normal routine.
In fact, I think we can make it really hard. There’s constant pressure and influence to keep us busy and suffocated. We subconsciously, or consciously, commit to a packed schedule with little room to breathe.
A few examples you might relate to:
- The constant bombardment of media, news and events.
- The powerful connection to our devices and FOMO (fear of missing out).
- The pressure of keeping up with our peers and social groups.
- The demands of being a parent and spouse.
With all this pulling our energy we can find ourselves in a state of exhaustion and overwhelm. We can become robotic in our routines with no sense of freedom or creativity. Our resources simply become depleted and most of the time we may not even realize it.
Does this feel familiar at all?
It has for me. I’ve felt this way many times. I’ve found myself following subconscious patterns that keep my resources depleted.
However, I have a secret method that’s always helped me reset. And funny enough, this method is free, accessible to everyone, and requires no instruction. So what is it?
Yep, good ole’ mother nature.
Nature is one of the most powerful ways to create space in our lives.
I just returned from a 4-day camping trip with 3 other men. These are good friends and brothers in my fatherhood community. We cleared our schedules to camp, hike and fish in the back country of Montana. The experience was spectacular. We created space on different levels, from hiking to deep discussion. We connected with each other, with ourselves, and with nature.
As a result, I came home fully rested with newfound space. My mind is clear, my heart is full, and my soul is more alive.
This has been the recurring pattern for me after recent adventures. In other words, I always feel these benefits after an experience in nature. Sometimes the impact and space created is so profound that it takes me days to “recover” and blend back into my normal routine.
Furthermore, I don’t have to take a 4-day camping trip to create space. I get similar benefits from quick hikes, walks and time at my local parks. These easy additions to my day have a profound impact on my health and mindset.
So why is nature so powerful in creating space?
Because it’s where we all come from.
And it’s as simple as that. Sure, there’s plenty of science and research around the benefits of being outdoors, exercising, etc. But forget about all that for a moment and just realize that every single human on this planet comes from nature.
- We don’t come from skyscrapers or offices. We come from mountains and forests.
- We don’t come from sitting behind desks and computers. We come from exploring the land and water.
- We don’t come from looking at smartphones and TVs. We come from watching sunrises and sunsets.
Starting to get the point?
Everything in our DNA comes from nature.
That’s where we started as a species and where we’re meant to be. Yet we’ve transitioned into beings that rarely choose nature. We forget its natural power, often choosing technology and medication over natural healing.
No wonder we have no space.
Finding nature is easy.
The great news is that you can shift today. You can use the most powerful method of creating space to rest, recover and heal. And again, it’s completely free, accessible to all of us, and easy to implement.
Just get outside and find your way back to where you belong.
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Ali is a creator who's passionate about guiding people to their truth. That's a fancy way of saying he wants to help people realize their most authentic life. He's a father, husband, podcaster, blogger, technologist and many other things that inspire him to stay curious and learn. He's also a huge advocate for nature, hiking, adventure, testing physical limits and experiencing the natural world.