Getting out and spending time in nature with no internet, wifi, computer access or coverage bars or signal on my smart phone is critical for me. In order to maintain my physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health, I need to spend time out in nature, away from technology. There is no better place to do this than high up in the mountains, out in the woods, surround by rushing rivers, quiet and purity.
This is what I am doing this weekend, an escape from crowding. I am at high elevation in a pine forest, surrounded by serenity, open sky, clear air, wild animals, no traffic or computers or offices and plenty of peace and quiet. I am far from the daily commute and hustle of the daily grind. This is my paradise and as long as I can come here frequently, I can maintain my personal balance and remain healthy and inspired.
I have noticed these days that some people go out of their way to be mean. Whether it’s in rush hour in a car on the freeway, on a train on the way to work, out in public on a weekend or in the grocery store, some people just strive to be mean.
Why can’t people do what comes natural and just be nice to each other? Think about what a different world it would be if we all treated each other the way we wanted to be treated? It could be such a wonderful, peaceful planet full of harmony if we all just went out of our way to be nice to each other.
Remember when we didn’t have to lock our doors or cars at night? When we could walk around town in the dark and not fear anything bad happening to us? What happened to those days? Why has our society become so evil and dangerous? Why can’t we ever return to those days? Maybe if all of us tried a little harder to be kind and be safe, to teach our children properly and to not hate, desire peace and love, we could return to that world we once lived in that was so simple…
We can start looking up again at the sun and clouds, the mountains, the birds. Try it, when you are walking outside next time. Keep looking up and you will notice everyone else will do the same. People are so willing to follow these days, like the Catholics who follow the Pope, an ancient and medieval custom that is no longer necessary yet people do it. Then you will see that everyone, like you, is looking up and we won’t have our heads down trudging every day. Then, just then, maybe, our society can return to a brotherly community again.
Words and photo copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.