When you change your perspective, you change everything. Luckily, for me, a walk in the woods (or anywhere in nature for all that) helps me change my perspective radically. When I’m not happy or at peace, I know there is some internal work that I need to do.
I still make the occasional mistake of thinking that my happiness depends on the actions, behaviours or beliefs of others. This is not true. In a society that is as social as ours, this is an easy mistake to make. The problem is, when I believe this, I am prone to change my own behaviour to one that I hope is more pleasing to others. This is another immense mistake.
In a way, I am very fortunate that I live alone – I have the opportunity to practice this independence and non-attachment. It isn’t always easy. I love my friends. But – and this is a big but – I know that attachment to them is a trap. Loving and attachment are two different things, often confused for each other. Too often, what we think of as love is merely attachment.
Today, as I walked in the glorious sunshine, I centred myself on my core – the piece that has always relied only on myself. It is a place of utmost trust. I will not let myself down. I am blessed to be alive and to love life as I do. The glory of nature and how it makes me feel – this is my goddess – and this does not rely on anyone else.