May 6, 2020

Back To Nature

Nature brings me pleasure, and nothing else works just as well.

In the last week alone, I have been to Kintamani, Ubud and Jembrana, West Bali. Each time I spend time in nature, I return feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired with my brain juices and creative juices flowing extra hard. I am filled with ideas and pumping to get back to work, and my body just radiates happiness and positivity from just a few hours of spending time in nature.

Nature as a healer is not a new concept. The Japanese have done this for thousands of years, they call it “Forest Bathing”. We modern humans have been unconsciously heading to nature for our “holidays” without even realizing it. There is a powerful draw to nature, a healing and calming quality thanks to the hormones that are released from the trees as well as wide open spaces which has a profound effect on our psyche.

I love nature and if you’ve been following me on my Instagram, you’ll know this fact! 🙂

Whenever I feel stuck, grumpy, uninspired, tired, bored, I hop on my bike and I head out into nature – my most recent mini-trip was to the cool, mountainous region of Kintamani where I enjoyed a wonderful 2-days away from endlessly uninspiring sceneries of just roads, walls, computer screens and more walls.

Following that, my adventure partner and I hopped onto the bike and drove west as far as the road would take us and it took us to Jembrana! I really enjoyed this brief getaway of wide open spaces, fresh air and quiet, empty beaches and ricefields. If you’ve never been outside of South Bali, take a day or two to do it. You will be amazed by the island’s beauty and you’ll want to keep exploring!

Whenever I can, I head to Ubud for some restful quality time just exploring waterfalls, rivers, the ricefields and then enjoying a nice healthy meal before heading back. Ubud is close enough for a quick escape, so it is really convenient to get to. The entire area is filled with healing vibrations that just perks me up and gets me going.

I know I have said this many times before but nature has the power to heal. Trees and plants release healing components that can lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing. It soothes the spirit and is just in general, very therapeutic.

And from a woman’s point of view, I can say that I don’t need fancy restaurants or expensive gifts to win my heart. For me, it is all about effort and quality time. Bonding by spending quality time in nature together, away from all the noise, the gadgets and other distractions is really the most important thing. It is an opportunity to get to really know and understand each other, our deepest fears, our hopes and dreams, likes and dislikes. It is the most intimate form of intimacy, even more intimate than sex and once you have all of that, you can build a strong foundation for a rock solid relationship. Don’t you agree?

Do you have a favourite spot in nature that you go to when things feel tough?


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