Just the other day I decided I needed some time away from everything and decided to push myself through some deep and tangled Australian forest. The forest floor crunched beneath my feet like cornflakes sprinkled with a chance of snakes.
Once I found my place I didn’t go exploring further for another 3 days, I sat still, enjoying the space for all of its unique and intricate beauty. There were ancient 100 year old trees that had fallen which gave the concept of time a whole different persona. I followed the pace of the sun and allowed my inner self to shine.
Whilst in silence amongst the trees I started to recognise on a deeper level how vital this time to myself was and how it was a very rare occasion indeed! Having the silence allowed me to realise that too many of my own decisions were based on the influence of what other people expected of me. It put my life of constant distraction and stimulation into stark contrast with the pure un-expecting silence of the forest.
Nothing has taken me to the answers I was searching for with such precision and speed as sitting alone in the forest. I respect that this time and technique may vary from person to person but how the funk are we expected to make authentic decisions for ourselves if we don’t create silence and establish a strong connection with our inner voice first?
I guess what I’m trying to say is that surrounded in the washing machine confusion of daily life I had difficulty realising how fuzzy and unclear my internal voice really was. It was only after 3 days alone in the fresh, new and free setting of the forest without a schedule of pending appointments was able to reconnect and appreciate it’s value. We are often so busy in distraction and other peoples work that we completely squash our own inner voice and what’s really important to us.
What does your inner voice say? Can you hear it clearly? When was the last time you had 24 hours completely to yourself?
Quotes for thought
“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves” – Jack Kornfield
“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing” – Lao Tzu