by Urban Echo reporter
I was sat in the park one afternoon, my notebook on my lap, and in my solitude I felt a deep belonging to my surroundings.
The nature, the trees, the clouds. I wrote about it in a journal entry and only a few weeks later I came across this quote by Kahlil Gibran, which perfectly epitomised what I was trying to say –
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
It is a short quote but its message, as I read it, is essentially that we belong to the earth, in a way that we are fully at peace with as children but as we grow the ties that keep that bond whole become severed. We begin to lose an essential part of ourselves, and if you take the time to listen, if you drown out all the other noise, you hear the earth calling.
We are busy and frantic most days, and on the days that we are not, we just want to stay in bed and rest. The cycle clogs our brains, and it’s difficult to get out of that cycle.
I’m sure you have all had days where your mind has felt so congested and you just wanted to rest. I felt this way for a long time, trying to think of ways to unclog my head and feel at peace.
Up until I took the time to get away from the noise and bustle of everyday life, until I got away from the noise of cars and buses, the television, the mobile phones, I had a hard time feeling any sort of bliss.
Then one day I left the house, left my mobile phone at home and found a place to sit where there was no outside noise and I finally felt my brain unwind.
Gibran was right, sometimes you need to let your hair down, take off your shoes and get back to nature, to take a break from how hectic life can get.
Stay safe, dear urbanites.