Listening to the World
Listening to the World

I went for a walk recently and although I had my Ipod on me, I didn’t use it. Typically, I love to have music playing and blasting in my ears while I’m working out, but I noticed on this particular walk that by the time I was done, my head was completely clear and I was motivated for the week to come. I attribute this sense of euphoria to actually listening to the world around me. It was a bright, warm day and I was present in that moment. I was conscience of my breathing, something I haven’t been listening to for some time. I was alive.

We often overlook what simply being outside can do for us. Even I, who loves hiking and going to the beach, can sometimes feel trapped by everything else around me. Everything in our lives is so loud, so to put us in a place of quiet is soothing. I’m glad I didn’t put music in my ears that day. It had been a crazy few weeks at work and then coming home to figure out how I was going to take this blog to the next level. Even my thoughts were loud. The quiet sounds of nature can be truly nurturing if you let them.

You’ll hear people say that working out is the cheapest therapy. I completely agree with this statement. But, to workout outside without music, is better than being in a gym with dubstep blasting in your ears. Let the sun touch your skin. Sunshine is an instant boost of energy and good vibes. Have you ever been in a bad mood and then stepped outside? Typically, the sunshine and fresh air helps melt that mood away. But when you listen to the world around you, it also helps you listen to yourself. Without the added distraction of music, you can truly connect to the earth and yourself.

During that walk, I realized how awesomely beautiful the earth sounds even when she’s quiet. I realized I was neglecting her and myself. I was stifling all this incredible energy and not processing my own thoughts. Something about the sunshine and sound of birds and wind change my entire mind set in only 2 hours. The earth spoke to me that day and told me that everything was going to be ok. After months of uncontrollable anxiety and energy, I decided to embrace the quiet. I listened and I learned. Don’t shut the sound of the world out.