The world presently is enough to cut into our wellbeing. Seeing the world go from sanity to insanity and the constant and rapid change is enough to get into our mental state. But that is not all that affects us, life itself is full of challenges and when we take in many of these, it affects our lives and our wellbeing.
Our mental sanity depends on how we have trained our life to take in these happenings and still retain our sanity. Basic needs are not easily accessed and government policies are making life difficult but in between these, there is a need to find a balance.
We have to find the right attitude to maintain a good balance which entails being friendly and positive towards oneself, being our own company, introspecting and sorting things out from our inner being. It also entails loving yourself and having good thoughts for yourself and towards others which are healthy. When you reflect more to sort things out positively, especially on important things, you are not easily led by narrow self-interest and parochial mindedness and devote time for bad thoughts towards self and others.
“Every bad feeling is potential energy toward a more right way of being if you give it space to move toward its rightness,” Gendlin, E.T wrote in “Focusing”.
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As the world gradually changed, our needs have focused on pleasure and pursuit of material wealth and status and clout. These are supposed to make us happy but they are not all there is to life of happiness. As Aristotle stated, “The function of man is to live a certain kind of life, and this activity implies a rational principle, and the function of a good man is the good and noble performance of these, and if any action is well performed it is performed in accord with the appropriate excellence: if this is the case, then happiness turns out to be an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue’
A soul, Aristotle further explains, is “the actuality of a body that has life,” where life means self-sustenance, growth, and reproduction. Virtue and doing good brings calm and peace to the soul.
Although Aristotle further explained the soul in animals and plants as givers of life in nutrients, nature has ways to replenish, reproduce and rejuvenate our wellbeing, from what we eat, feel and to embracing it in our environment.
Plants and trees affect our life in a very positive way. Eating natural food reproduces us and having to savour the beauty of nature is healing.
Get out of the bubble of the world running after itself to sit and admire the creation. Look at the plants and ants, birds and air and trees and the atmosphere and appreciate nature in its fullest.
Nature has a lot to teach us from a young leaf to the time it falls off the branch and to the time it becomes decomposed. That itself teaches us the folly of our life’s pursuit.
Being close to nature uplifts our wellbeing and makes us think clearly to sort out the difficulties of life even as we are immersed in its coolness and calmness.
Your wellbeing is an important aspect of life; take care of it by appreciating and accepting who you are, being grateful each day for the beautiful life. Life is indeed beautiful when lived close to nature.