Nature Is My Therapy

I, Oaken, had some other things in mind for this week but feel I must share for my own well-being. I am depressed and have been since Raven and I had to be apart for a bit. I am hoping if you are reading this that you have that one person in life that without them your world is turned upside down and days become harder to get through. For me that is Raven. She is the one that makes my world go 'round and a source of a lot of joy. So I say here to you, I am depressed.

However, I also want to encourage that while I wait to get back to my family and my balance there is somewhere I, and you, can go for therapy. And that is outside. I am sure if you have made it to our page you have heard this a hundred times but I must share that is does wonders for me. But beyond my emotional well-being, I am blown away by the physical healing that reconnecting with nature has for my body.

I currently live in Belgium and when I walk out into some of the woods and forests that are close to my house I see ancient Beech, Oak and Ash trees towering over me. It gives me a sense of security as the foliage wraps around me and I smell the refreshing clean air that only nature can give. I will often find myself wandering off the beaten track and losing myself amongst the trees, bushes, and hidden creeks that run through. I have to admit I don't even mind the brambles and thorns because it tells me I have gone to where nature is in control and man's hold has not reached yet.

When I get to this point I stop and listen. Have you just sat in the middle of the woods and listened? I recently was on a hike on the Appalachian Trail and stopped and listened. I could feel the presence of so many who had come along this same stretch of trail seeking something more, seeking nature. I could heard the birds singing sweetly and feel the breeze across my face. Even though I was 3000 miles away I felt home. A renewed vigor was felt as nature soothed my pains, emotionally and physically.

 View from White Rocks during my recent hike on the Appalachian Trail.

View from White Rocks during my recent hike on the Appalachian Trail.

So now that I find myself alone and sad I still know that nature is waiting for me. I feel the call to get back outside and relish in its beauty and healing. So to nature I go and find that spot in the middle of the woods where I can sit, listen, and scoop a pile of Earth and breathe deeply. For I am depressed and until I can finally be reunited with my family, I have nature.

So I encourage you to find that connection with nature. I take my time with nature as a chance to learn and to provide for myself and my family. As you have probably seen in Instagram and Facebook posts recently I have found Allium Tricoccum, Wild Ramps, growing abundantly the woods located on the castle grounds by my house. Raven and I found a small patch last year and loved the delicious aroma and tastes they brought to our meals by the cost of a little digging. I studied this plant, got to know the leaf structure, the scent, and the soil it liked to grow in. As I learned more about the plant the more I began to see it in the woods. This is a great thing because it is very mindful to remember that when you are foraging to know and adhere to the rule of harvesting no more than 10% of the total plants available, and no more than 25% of any one individual plant.

   Allium Tricoccum growing on the castle grounds by my house in Belgium.

Allium Tricoccum growing on the castle grounds by my house in Belgium.

The other thing I have been digging into to ease my soul is mushrooms. These amazing fungi had always disgusted me growing up. But as I have grown older, and hopefully a little wiser, I have found the remarkable health benefits for not only us but the Earth. Look forward to following my journey of growing my own in the backyard when my spore plugs arrive from www.fungi.com.  

I have linked to this video below which is a wonderful video speaking about the healing power of nature and I tell you for myself it does wonders. Thank you for bearing with and letting me share.