During the period in my life when I suffered with depression I kept myself separate from the outside world. Day after day, I plodded along, doing what I needed to survive while on the inside I was totally consumed with my suffering. I was completely focused on how lonely, sad and miserable I was.
One day, I got tired of the drama and went for a long walk around a lake in a National Forest. Immersing myself in nature allowed something within me to shift for the entire day. I was completely surrounded by beauty and the wonders of life. I hardly thought about my suffering, my aloneness, my depression.
While that one outing did not cure my depression, it did open the door to what actions I could take to make myself feel better. Every day I continued to enter into the natural world. With each outing, I felt freer and more connected to all that is alive. Simply watching a mother duck and her babies, or a dragonfly, or the sunlight dancing on the lake brought me happiness. It was a very good start and a wonderfully positive habit that I maintain today.
This week, remain mindful of how easy it is to feel overwhelmed if all you concentrate on is instant gratification, technology, negativity, and your loneliness. It’s easy to collapse into yourself and your problems. Simply taking time to sit in nature is often just what you need to allow light into the darkness so you remember there is a way out.