“A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.” – Swami Sivananda
Now I had the luxury of growing up in Colorado where being in nature kind of just happens when you walk out your door. In California, it can be a bit different depending on where you are living. You might actually have to make an effort to find a little more greenery. But here are 5 reasons why you should make that effort!
1) It can relax your nerves and calm your spirit. Even a “city-slicker” can experience the frustrations of living in a city once in a while. If you truly open yourself up to what nature has to offer you can find an inner calm. Your auditory senses are given a little break from being turned on constantly to a different kind of smell, sound, and view.
2) Mountain activities like hiking, biking and skiing/snowboarding provide exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise. Go with a group of friends or go by yourself, these activities work out your limbs in the best of ways! You won’t even realize how much you’re actually doing because of how much fun you’re having…until the next day of course when you’re too sore to get out of bed. If mountains aren’t your thing, get to the desert and ride a quad!
3) It puts things in perspective. Had a bad day? Work/ school got you down? Boyfriend or girlfriend driving you crazy? Step out into the great outdoors. Looking out into an incredible view can change your outlook on things. Not only is our world a massive place (although with social media it can feel like a small space at times), feeling ourselves in a physically larger space allows us to remember that we are just tiny creatures on a giant world floating in a colossal universe. When we are able to break free of our ever-shrinking technology-laden world, we remember that life is bigger than that fight we had with someone, or that work assignment we messed up on. Being in a larger space give us perspective.
4) We connect better with people in nature! This one might be obvious. But when there is no electrical outlets and the nearest cell tower is too far to get the best signal, we tend to put our phones and ipads down and focus on what is in front of us. When we focus on the people around us, we listen to them more and insert ourselves into the growth of a relationship.
5) Our self worth increases. When you put into play all of the above reasons we find that those little stressors and worries just don’t matter. When we feel good we do good for ourselves and others which creates a cycle of self worth.
So find your perfect spot on the mountain and live it up!