Whether it be stress, boredom, a broken heart, or any other sort of negative emotion, I have found the longest lasting cure is a walk in nature. Ooook so from time to time I do indulge in eating my feelings (brownie batter anyone?). But, following eating half a bowl of this delicious treat from the gods, I am left still feeling the negative emotion and now guilt for overindulging on sweets. Whenever I have chosen to get outside to find some peace, I can honestly say I always gain something positive from the experience.
Today I wasn't feeling so great. Life's responsibilities and all of the feelings I've been trying to bury lately caught up to me and I was seeking a way to find peace. Instantly I thought of Provo Canyon, a place that is frequently my refuge from reality. So I packed a bag (gold fish and fruit snacks. I'm 5 I know.) and left plenty of room to collect sticks (again, 5). The moment I stepped out of my car in front of Bridal Veil Falls I felt relief, like I was home. Smelling the crisp Fall air and listening to the water fall against the rocks has a calming effect on me.
If you happened to be walking along Provo Canyon Trail today and heard someone playing Coldplay from their Bluetooth speaker and singing as if they weren't in public while collecting sticks, ya that was me. No shame. Most of the time I prefer to be outside in the quiet. But, sometimes it amplifies my experience in nature to listen to good music.
I drove home with a large collection of sticks, warn out vocal cords, and a calm and happy heart today. I'm glad I chose to get out and make a difference in my attitude rather than sit home and wallow in it. I encourage you guys to try it next time you find yourself in a similar situation.
Below I have added some photos from my hike, along with some (a lot) of John Muir quotes that touch my heart.
"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul."
"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."
"Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world."
"The sun shines not on us but in us."
"In wilderness lies the hope of the world."
"Don't be scared to walk alone. Don't be scared to like it."
"I am well again. I came to life in the cool winds and crystal waters of the mountains."
"Come to the woods for here is rest."
"Going to the woods is going home."
"Keep close to nature's heart...and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."