Connecting back with Mother Nature is a very important task to always keep in mind when doing outdoor photography. When you do anything that involves the outdoors, it’s always important to get back to the basics of life. I do not just mean by what you do but also how you feel. It’s always good to make sure you are feeling your best and if you have some hiccups along the way, take a walk, hike, bike, kayak, or canoe. These are just some things I do. It will be up to you to figure out and decide for yourself what helps get you back to the basics. This will help set your mind at ease with whatever deadlines you have set for yourself. It’s as simple as slowing down your life for one day and reconnecting with nature to help clear your mind and put yourself at ease.
As the saying goes, “You must first help yourself.” It is also true with nature. It is up to you to get back the carefree feeling you had as a child. Not to be childlike, but to enjoy your life to it’s fullest. Getting yourself back to nature at least once a month, helps to keep you grounded and your sights set on whatever deadline or goals you may have with your photography. Keeping on good terms with nature in itself helps when we are out in the field. It helps to clear our focus so we can see better and concentrate on the tasks at hand. I personally take time once or twice a week to just enjoy the sounds of nature and take my shoes off to touch the earth with my bare feet. It is so refreshing to fell the energy the earth gives back to us just by connecting.
I know it is easier said than done, but everyone must slow their lives down just a little. It is time to stop and smell the roses. By slowing down, even for a day, you will begin to see things in a new light. There will be things that you will notice that you never did before. Even a short walk on a hiking trail will help you to slow down as long as you are enjoying yourself and not in a hurry to be somewhere. If you have a busy schedule, it is time to carve out some time for yourself and your family. Your body and mind will thank you for it before the day is finished.
As you are doing the outdoor activity you enjoy reconnecting with nature, listen to everything around you. This is something I do daily, even if it is for a short while. It is something you can do with your morning coffee. There’s really nothing you can do except listen to what mother nature has to offer. If you live in a big city and all you hear are the noises of the daily hustle of life, take some time for yourself and go to the nearest park or somewhere where you can have some quiet solitude. Listen to what’s there. Keep your eyes closed as you sit on the park bench and just hear the sounds around you. You may be surprised at the sounds you hear that are nothing but nature and all its little creatures of the wild. You will be surprised at how good this feels and refreshed for just doing so. It’s a wonderful feeling to hear things that you normally wouldn’t pay attention to in our daily lives.
First and foremost, everyone needs time. That’s why we take vacations away from the grind of our daily lives with our families. So we can reconnect, resupply energy, and have valuable time with the one’s we love. It feels good knowing that you do not have to be at work today, even if it’s just for a week or two. Making time daily, weekly, or monthly helps with the energy supply. When you make more time for you and your family, life is less stressful. The less stress we have in our lives, the better we manage on a daily basis. If you have a problem, work, health, or otherwise, it is good to make time for yourself to reconnect. If it’s just 30 minutes a day, it helps. You will feel more refreshed on a daily basis regardless of what may be going on. Time is a valuable commodity that we sometimes take for granted. There really is no measure on time as it can be finished in a matter of minutes. This is why it’s time for you to take care of yourself and make the time needed to enjoy life. You, your mind, body, and family will thank you for it. It’s something we need more of and we only have a certain amount.
While you are out in the park or yard, wherever you feel comfortable, take your shoes off. Ground yourself by getting a little closer to the earth and mother nature itself. It is surprising how much better you feel at just the simple contact. You do not have to do it for a long period, but 5 minutes helps a great deal. Making that connection with the earth, helps to release any negative energy you may have inside you. The more you do it, the less stressed you are about daily life. It is a gift from Mother Nature that we no longer take advantage of. The less stress and negative energy you have in you, the better your life will be. The less stress you have the happier you find yourself in daily living.
Getting back to basics is simple. We start with aligning ourselves with Mother Nature in order to have a stress free life. Sure, there will be times when it all becomes chaotic, but just go outside and enjoy the sounds, feel, and slowing of time. The better you feel about yourself and your life the more able you are to accomplish your daily goals in living your life to the fullest. Your family will thank you as well as your body. We were meant to enjoy nature. These are the simplest of ideas to ground yourself when the chaos arrives. They are the easiest to do when on a busy schedule. Make the time for you and your family in order to have a happy life. Keep Mother Nature there to help keep you grounded. It’s as easy as breathing the fresh air you have on a daily basis. Think of it as a must do for you.
Much success on your journeys to help you live your life to the fullest.