“Believe me, you will find more lessons in the woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you what you cannot learn from masters.” – Bernard of Clairvaux
Preparedness – If you want to have a good experience in the forest, you’ll quickly learn that some planning is always necessary. People like me who live in the cities are used to have constant access to everything they might need. In the forest there are no shops or restaurants, so you need to prepare and carry around everything. Some regions can be less demanding, but generally you need to make some preparations: water, food, clothes etc.
“Not all those who wander are lost” – J. R. R. Tolkien
Path-finding – Who didn’t already get lost while hiking? My curiosity for exploration got me in trouble so many times. To some people it might be annoying, or even scary, but I really enjoy getting lost. While we’re struggling to find our way we have to visualize the area in our mind. Developing this ability comes handy not only for orientation, but also for many other mental tasks.
The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. – Unknown
Thinking clear – There are so many factors that make the forest a great place to think. The most obvious one is that your brain will certainly enjoy the cleaner air and the extra oxygen . But what is more important is the kind of meditative state that the forest puts us in. Between the calming forest sounds, the soothing green tapestry and the smells all of our senses find peace and pleasure. When I need to work on ideas or find the time to seriously think about anything I go to the nearest forest.
Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason. – Leonardo Da Vinci
Sport – Nature can be a great place for doing exercise. A lot of times what we lack to do sport is the motivation. Like I just mentioned there are so many factors in the forest that put you in a good mood. It is much easier to start exercising when you’re in a beautiful place.
Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. – Terence McKenna
Courage – It takes some courage to get out of our comfort zones and embrace nature’s adventures .
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Patience – If you want to observe the forest animals you have to be patient. Blend in, wait and allow nature to come to you.
“A man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too.”- Luther Standing Bear
Ecology environment – The forest can give you so many positive experiences that will likely make you feel a connection with it. Most of us are born and grow up away from nature and that is one of the reasons why we don’t care about the faith of the environment.