I have a deep rooted belief that we, as human beings, are constantly changing and adapting.
However, what I find concerning is the limited time many of us, myself included, spend reflecting, processing, and attempting to be intentional about our growth and development. I worry that in a time like this, where the worlds leadership is shifting, that a lack of attention to the self and the interactions we have with one another will be of greater concern. The question than becomes, how do we connect with ourselves on a deeper level?
For myself, I have found that being in nature has been the best place to understand my body and mind. As I walk through the beautiful scenes on Vancouver Island, it is hard to not think about how I interact with the environment.
I often find myself curious about how my physical body reacts to different contexts, how I emotionally feel during one hike compared to another, I pay more attention to how I feel when I wake up, prior to leaving for a hike and post hike, and lastly it is hard to not notice the mass amount of destruction taking place to increase industrial and residential areas.
While I, and a friend, do our absolute best to find the beauty in each hike we take, I constantly find myself thinking about how I interact with my environment negatively and positively. Over the past couple months as our hikes have become more regular and my thoughts deeper, I have pondered about the amount of driving I do, where my food comes from, what impact I am leaving on the world physically, the amount of things I own and desire to own, and so forth. And as I continue to become more conscious of the shifts I am making each moment of my life, I am finding it harder to justify some of my behaviours.
While I am more excited to share with you some of the pictures from the past months of hiking, I wanted to share a few of the thoughts that cross my mind while on these hikes.
Some thoughts become conversations and others remain private reflections and contemplations. Ultimately, for me, I have found that I have a greater need to connect with myself, to process the internal and external happenings that impact my life, and that hiking is a time and space that allows for such reflection to occur.
I have found, for me, that journaling and hiking have become my primary ways of getting to know myself on a deeper level. Yet, each of us have hobbies that allow us to experience flow. Finding this activity for you may be the starting point to bringing greater holistic to yourself and those around you. The key is, I think, being flexible enough to allow these hobbies to adapt as you grow and develop so that they constantly remain effective, exciting, and engaging.