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Volcanoes, Perspective, and Connecting with your Spirit

Updated on September 25, 2011

Did you ever need a shot of perspective, a new view on things, a fresh shot of endorphins? I have just the remedy. Take a walk in a park. Go on a hike. Let your shoes feel the crunch of gravel under your feet. Better yet, let your feet feel some green grass. When was the last time you let your feet feel the soothing sensation of leafy greens brushing on the inside of your toes?

After a week cooped up in a classroom and in front of a computer screen, I needed a dose of the outdoors. I needed to experience some reality. I grabbed my wife and daughter and we journeyed to a dormant volcano near my house. The crater has sinced blown its top a milion years ago and in its place resides a botanical garden of cactus, date palms, mesquite, sycamore figs, and other desert friendly plants and trees. I love it.

It's dry, quiet, and devoid of people. It's a natural decompression chamber from the bends of this life filled with cacophony, noise, and stress. I stare up a lonely rock strewn trail and my heart beats a few seconds slower. Blood pressure drops as I listen to the crunch of gravel under my feet. It's zen like. The branches cracking with the wind, rare birds chirping up high, grass swishing like the brush strokes of a calligrapher. These images float through my mind as I descend deeper into the forest.

My daughter carefully picks plumeria flowers and my wife's care worn expression transforms into one of peace and rest. Nature has this effect on our spirit. Cool breezes refresh the soul. As I thought about the wonderful effect of nature I realize that simplicity has a lot to do with the metamorphosis that occurs. Decisions, decisions, decisions fill the psyche every day. We make decisions while driving, buying groceries, closing deals, paying bills, counseling people, typing out e-mails, and with a host of other mind numbing activities everyday.

In the past, you could jump on your horse, or into your carriage, and let the clop, clop, clop of the animal bring you back down. When you got home, the fireplace was crackling and a good book awaited you after you put the children to sleep. Chopping wood, harvesting wheat, hunting rabbits, roasting fresh game over a flame, and a host of other duties kept you connected with the land.

Today, we have DVD players, Nintendo, highways, 24 hour fitness, Panda Express, and other modern conveniences to try to bring us back down. They do not feed the spirit. If anything, they add to the frenzied, helter- skelter lifestyle so common in today's fractured families.

Yes, modernity has brought advances in medicine, hygiene, and has done other helpful things. It has added some blessings to this temporal life, but has it also taken away some of them? I think so.

I'm thankful that I live in a beautiful place like Hawaii. The weather and the culture facilitates healthy living, but unless you live in the inner city, most people, including yourselves, can find a park, beach, or forest to explore. It's worth it. Exercise also releases endorphins, the 'happy happy hormone', which add to your overall well-being.

Take at least an hour each day to walk a tree lined street or a sandy shoreline or a lake side park, and breath in life again. Watch your spirit soar. Pray to God. Thank him for the blessings of creation. It will do you good.


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    • The Minstrel profile imageAUTHOR

      The Minstrel 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      No worries! Nature helps people get out of depression chambers, too.

    • Tamarajo profile image

      Tamarajo 

      7 years ago

      decompression I meant..oops

    • The Minstrel profile imageAUTHOR

      The Minstrel 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for sharing Tamarajo. I never knew that about the color green.

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      Tamarajo 

      7 years ago

      I liked your comparison of the depression chamber for the bends of life. Agreed that too many times we look to man made distractions and entertainment when we have the perfect environments right outside our doors. It has also been studied that the color green predominantly found in nature creates calmness and is soothing and relaxing to the eye itself.

    • The Minstrel profile imageAUTHOR

      The Minstrel 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi lifegate,

      Yes,the best encounters have occurred in nature. I love the beach and the sound of the waves.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Minstrel,

      I can identify. I love the outdoors and some of my best encounters with the Lord take place in nature. Thanks for sharing!

    • The Minstrel profile imageAUTHOR

      The Minstrel 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you happyboomernurse,

      Yes, I love any type of park, especially rain forests and deserts.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      I totally agree that a walk in a park or out in nature is a great way to recharge and renew our spirit and outlook on life.

    • The Minstrel profile imageAUTHOR

      The Minstrel 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Mahalo hush4444,

      I love the Big Island. Stayed in Volcano for a month and enjoyed the ohia forests and cool weather.

    • The Minstrel profile imageAUTHOR

      The Minstrel 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you Paradise7. I am glad you had a chance to walk in the rain. You're a trooper. Bless you.

    • hush4444 profile image

      hush4444 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Great hub! I live on the Big Island and try to get out in nature every day. We are lucky to live here.

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I also needed the refreshments of a nature walk today, but it was pouring rain. Just reading your hub gave me a breath of much-needed air. Thank you.

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