When I go I often take some food, a drink and maybe a book or a newspaper. I sit down against my favourite tree, remove my shoes and relax. My intentions are always to read and enjoy the pleasant weather. However, more often than not I find myself sitting with my eyes closed listening to the simple sounds of nature. I listen to the wind blow over my ears, through the branches of the trees and the blades of grass. I listen to the sparrows as they communicate with one another. Mating calls I suppose or possibly territorial cries of power. I smell the moist air, the dry bark of the tree and the dew covered grass and soil. I await the inevitable intrusion of my space by ants or flies; occasionally a small dog intent on peeing on the tree, which I’ve chosen as my temporary resting place, will dance around me until I open my eyes and suggest that he or she finds another tree.
I never get bored of this, there is something eternally interesting about nature and the only time I feel truly relaxed is when I’m surrounded by it. I know of no one who does not find total bliss in falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves and waking to the same fundamental sound the next morning. I know of no one who does not find instant happiness when the morning sun shines directly on their face. I know of no one who does not stand back in poetry when snowflakes drift gently from the sky and land in the palms of sensitive human hands.
The sound of water flowing down the stream, the sight of a new born animal, the smell of burning wood, the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables are eternal and true. There are no lies in nature, no propaganda, no biased or agenda. It just is, as we just are. Nature is the only reality worth pursuing; it is, in fact, the only reality.
There is no reality to be found anywhere else. Everything else is manufactured or an idea. Your mobile phone is manufactured; your religion is an idea. Your car is manufactured; your politics are an idea. Your computer is manufactured; your job is an idea.
Like most other people I know I spend less time surrounded by reality than I should. As we travel through this fictional and unsatisfying rate race we are led to believe that we must obtain ‘stuff’ in order to be happy. The ‘stuff’ you are required to own is forever updating and thus never ending. The buying of ‘stuff’ will never satisfy you, it will only, at best, leave you wanting more and at worst it will consume you until you become a person you never wanted to be. Selfish, money oriented, greedy, untrustworthy, unloving, cruel, unsatisfied, overworked, under-stimulated and undereducated owners of products that have no reality, and so contain little beauty, and are unable to satisfy the simple natural desires that the body requires.
Humans began to create tools in order to make their lives easier. They used these tools to interact with nature, to kill animals, create fire, make music or open fruits and vegetables. Now the tools or 'stuff' we have only serve to remove us from nature and enslave us in a cage of eternal want.