Too much school work! I don’t feel like staying in my room any longer! What do I do? It’s very simple.
Whether utterly stressed or not at all – sad, happy, angry, or calm – nature and music have proven to complete my life. The good thing is, they are always there, easily accessible, waiting for me. And you.
I use my free time mostly to explore different aspects of nature present in my surroundings, and often I take along my guitar. I write songs and draft poems. There is nothing as uplifting as sitting in the forest and watching the sunset through the tree branches while I invent or formulate a chord progression for a poem I have just written. Equally, there is an incomprehensible beauty embedded in observing the gradual sunset while sledding in the snow.
But what’s so special about all this? Primarily, it is stress-relieving, it enhances our awareness of the present moment, and it diverts us from the busy 21st century lifestyle.
We spend most of our time glued on a screen of some sort – computer, smart phone, classroom board, television – all requiring our undivided attention. All these constrain our minds to certain fixed environments, and this threatens both our mental and emotional health.
Once my biology teacher said: “There is a need to look at the horizons every once in a while.” The idea behind this is simple: look as far as possible to expose your eyes to different light (from that of screens), to relax them, and to free your mind. Count how many birds are flying around!
If you are in the forest breathing in air from the moss-veiled trees and admiring the beauty out there, you think and feel differently. This is the best way of coping with stress or anxiety, or anything that may be affecting you emotionally or mentally. Furthermore, when you add a musical instrument – guitar, flute, violin, ukulele, or any other which is convenient outdoors – you create your own paradise. Any aspect of nature combined with playing music takes you away from the tense and stressful daily life atmosphere, and places you in a completely different mental and emotional state.
I sit along the river and pluck the strings, it doesn’t matter when or where – what matters is the calm and stress-free mentality I develop. This empowers me and sparks my creativity at the highest level.
I have learned to seek joy and inspiration in such simple things and so can you. I encourage you all to enjoy the little things – go outside today and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature and music.
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