In our elements
See yourself here?*
Another vital holiday lesson was the importance of reconnecting with nature.
I’d denied this truth for far too long.
At, I believe, my peril.
It’s said I’m ‘in my element’ with writing.
But words occur in my head.
I’d neglected the rest of my body, and my virtual existence had all but severed me from the actual elements:
I was getting air – after it’d been chewed by 50,000 daily drivers.
I was getting water, but mainly in tea, coffee and beer.
I’d given up on the garden.
And shunned the sun.
When we finally made it to our beach break, Fonnie and I strolled the stunning shore.
- The sun warmed my skin.
- The sand splayed my toes.
- The breeze ruffled my hair.
- And the sparkling sea beckoned.
It wasn’t super hot. As I toyed with the concept of having a swim, I realised I hadn’t been fully immersed in a natural body of water for FIVE YEARS.
That did it!
I stepped and waded.
Finally, I plunged.
I swam, tasted salt, touched shells, tilted my face, turned my limbs and breathed deep.
Then a clear voice (mine?) said:
“You are part of this place. This planet. This cosmos.
Do not deny your reality any more.”
My guts unwound.
I smiled widely and felt decades younger.
Better than I had for years.
Why had I waited so long?!
I’ve learnt my lesson and can’t wait to do this again.
I’m sure I’ll live better (and longer) if I inhabit my entire body.
So how do you keep in touch with the elements?
Do you have a fave?
Or are you working far too hard to know?
If so, how and when will you take better care of yourself?
And put the U (back) into Universe!
* Photo by Fonnie. More here.