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How I Find Inner Peace In Nature

For many, meditation and prayer is a route to finding inner peace. For others, sitting quietly in a room devoid of distractions is the best way to achieve this state. I find inner peace in nature.

I have a high-stress job in public relations. It’s rated as one of the most stressful jobs in the annual “most stressful jobs” surveys.

find inner peace in nature

For a period of time, my husband Frank and I escaped our daily work lives by taking short day trips to explore conservation areas and provincial/national parks, hiking trails and other natural areas.

We found that at this time we were the happiest – not only because we got exercise and released endorphins but also because we were away from busy city life, traffic and an overwhelming dominance of condominiums, subdivisions and industrial/retail spaces encroaching on our lives.

The Active Way To Find Inner Peace In Nature

My body is soothed getting into a steady rhythm of walking along a trail, with the precise sound of footsteps like a metronome (for you non-musical types, this is a tool that helps sound out beats so you keep to a rhythm while playing music).

Similarly so, doctors and researchers have found that many heart surgery patients heal faster with meditation or prayer where similar words are repeated over and over again at certain beats per minute. The steady rhythm of what you are saying aligns with your heart beat, keeping it steady and allowing for better post-surgery recuperation.

find inner peace in nature

Getting into a natural rhythm is a way to relax and balance your inner self. With few obstacles on natural hiking trails, you can achieve this rhythm fairly easily and quickly.

Hiking or walking along trails also keeps your mind off of things that may be plaguing your everyday life. As you are in beautiful, peaceful settings your eyes and mind are distracted from issues that dominate your thoughts.

Natural Colours Soothe

Even the colours of nature are relaxing and pleasing. Consider the calming effect of the colour green, so dominant in grasses, plants and trees.

Neutral browns, beiges, taupes and sandy beige colours are also relaxing – this is why so many homes that have these colour schemes sell fast in comparison to those with garish bright colours.

find inner peace in nature

Even a splash of colour in a sea of green can be pleasing to the eye and to the soul. Flowers and some weeds such as dandelions or wild chicory make us happy and content when we look at them.

It’s no wonder Instagram is full of beautiful landscapes and nature shots. Some of the top posts are using nature and outdoor hashtags.

Peaceful Sounds

The sound of birds chirping. The rustle of wild grasses as a wind blows through them. The music wind makes when passing through pine trees. All of these sounds are so much easier on the brain than the noise of driving cars, groups of people talking and shouting and city life.

Even spending a bit of time on a farm is relaxing. The whinny of a horse or a low moo of a cow are a reminder that there is more to this world than the busy city.

find inner peace in nature

Research has found that music reduces stress. For many, New Age music (think Dan Gibson’s Solitudes series, which I love!), which often features tracks of natural sounds such as animal sounds, “babbling brooks”, or waves hitting the shoreline, is the solution to relieving stress. Spas and yoga studios alike will use this type of music to set the atmosphere.

Nature also makes music! It’s good to take a moment to sit down on a log or by a stream and just listen.

Studies have shown that even looking at a photo of a natural setting can re-focus your mind.

find inner peace in nature

How do find inner peace in nature? What is it about natural settings that appeals to you the most?

4 comments

  1. Moonbeams Pinkkayaker

    Margaret, thank you for this lovely post and the beautiful photos. You are right on spot. If you don’t mind, I would love to share your post on my blog.
    sherryb, The Accidental Outdoorswoman

    • Hi Sherry – you can certainly provide a link to it and quote a paragraph, but please do not copy all content (written & photography). Thank you!

  2. Moonbeams Pinkkayaker

    Of course not. I want to write an introduction and then provide a link to your beautiful post. It won’t be until March since I have my blog schedule set for this month.

    • Perfect! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to see your post. Please send me an email when it gets published. I’ll help promote it out via my social accounts.

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