There’s a stillness about nature that cannot be found anywhere else. It’s what peace feels like. The sounds are gentle and comforting, the colors vibrant and bright, and the air is crisp and clean. Each moment is completely in sync with each movement. In times of confusion and restlessness, there is no better place to retreat than mother nature. Simply sitting and observing becomes a therapeutic meditation – one is fully present and fully connected. If we can sit still and take it all in, we will begin to find the answers we are seeking.
In the summer of 2011, I traveled to Malaysia. I was visiting my uncle, aunt, and cousin who have a home in a small village on a great piece of land in the mountains. To this day, I long for the feeling of absolute peace that I experienced during my time staying with them. Here is an excerpt from my trip:
“Life is slow and simple here in the village. Their property is beautiful and full of life. They have all sorts of trees, herbs, and wildlife nesting in every inch of the yard. They say their house is small because it’s only really for sleeping – they spend all their time outside. I don’t know why more people don’t choose this sort of life.”