Humanity is about celebrating what is good and right in the world
How can an immersion in nature and the Australian bush be a key to reconnecting with humanity and a celebration of what is good in the world?
Anecdotal evidence suggests mature aged Australians are tiring of an “ugly world” filled with bad news and conflict, spread by insatiable coverage by the media, the advent and reckless freedom of social media.
Increasingly, people are in need of an escape from the ugly world, often turning to man made or orchestrated environments believing these to be the perfect panacea.
The concern is, mankind is in a phase of disconnection from nature and the essence of humanity, driven largely by technology, causing some people to be so overwhelmed by the external forces they are resigned to a state of denial.
Others are searching for inner spiritual solutions otherwise described as the “psychological immune system” within.
Here are 10 lessons derived from the Australian bush?
When you retreat into the wild a regenerative spirit takes hold, offering moments of calm contemplation, free of man-generated distractions. Calm contemplation of life’s challenges can enable positive solutions rather than reactions.
Immersion in the wild awakens you to an all-powerful broader world, a humbling place in a complex but time proven, functioning environment. Testing the ego or “about me” disposition of the day. A rich life should not be confined to the boundaries of “me” or “self”.
You are part of and not external to nature. Nature delivers everything on which mankind depends for survival – the earth, the food and water, the energy and air, the resources powering economic gains. We should not take nature for granted but care for the life support gifted to us.
Nature has a way, despite our attempts to exercise dominion over it. You learn that acceptance and following nature’s way can negate future adverse outcomes and costs.
Nature presents its gifts openly and unconditionally. The greatest gifts come in all forms from unexpected sources and are not necessarily material.
Within nature, co-existence and interdependence sit at the heart of survival, each species in some way contributing to or reliant on the whole. Symbiotic relationships between species is critical to their existence. So it should be within mankind.
Just as nature arouses all our senses, so too awareness of and acceptance of all influences on the lives of others is an empathetic quality to be practiced.
In nature, sensitivity exists within all species and so it is with our fellow beings.
There is much to learn from the lifecycle and caring habits of wildlife species, the healing properties of plant species medically and spiritually. Embrace the learning.
Early morning in nature is a time of energy, excitement and reinvigoration, often referred to as the golden hour. The most positive start to a brand new day is to ignore the bad news being thrust upon you, in preference for a walk or immersion in nature. From there, every waking moment is energised by a celebration of what’s good about the world, enabling challenges to be met in a different, calm and positive light.
How might you bring humanity to the Australian bush?
By offering understanding and empathy toward fellow Australians living on both sides of the Great Divide
By supporting farmers and families both physically and spiritually, in times of severe natural events and adverse seasonal cycles, .
By recognising and upholding the wisdom of our First Peoples and the contribution they have to make given their historic connection to country and cultural values.
By supporting enterprising, self-reliant families who have chosen to forge a life in the bush, making a contribution to our nation without regard to entitlement.
By investing in the inland, holidaying in and travelling through bush communities and regions in need of your economic support.
By practicing empathy for the wellbeing of all living species with which we share the planet.
By accepting you are not external from nature in the context of a better and naturally sustainable existence.
By projecting your inner spiritual self beyond your personal boundaries. What you gain can be what you share. What you give is what you receive.
By enlightening younger generations to the values of humanity and nature’s way.
Through our program of tours across Australia, Nature Bound’s primary goal is to facilitate moments in which discerning guests gain awareness and reward from their connection to nature. Through their experiences humanity gains.
Add your thoughts to this article and contact us when considering an extended holiday in nature. We can assist in choosing the right tour for you, given the many natural environments and seasons on offer across Australia.