Take a walk on the wild side

Spring is in the air! A traditional time of rebirth, spring gets me thinking about personal renewal practices. Cognitive health experts agree that higher brain functioning requires down time. Indeed, hitting the reset button is essential to prepare the brain for more to come.

Making time to reconnect with myself while defined by a wild place, is the process I use. Poking around in the out of doors is a good opportunity to reevaluate life choices. When hiking along a trail, the sights, sounds and smells of nature work their magic, freeing the mind. While my body wanders, so does my brain.

My reverence for wilderness includes a reverence for my animal self. Wilderness means “self-willed”, an apt description for stream of consciousness experienced as boots trod uneven ground. Self-authority asserts itself while rambling over mountains, down canyons and through creeks. By the end of a week in the wilderness, the body is stronger and so is the soul. I find I have reaffirmed my intrinsic value; my right to pursue my own good, in my own way, in my own time. Wilderness travel enables me to make choices that help me to love myself the most.

In the strict sense of the word, vacation means to vacate. To leave behind our increasingly complex culture. On a trek in the backcountry, the constant change of the landscape is exhilarating. The bonus is this: I change with it.

During these uncertain times of national and international turmoil, I am increasingly grateful to find myself in a country rich enough to have relatively healthy public lands, some of which have been reserved for native biodiversity and natural processes. Experiencing public lands is essential to maintaining ourselves as well as our wildlands. Wild places need wild people as much as wild people need wild places. So this spring, if you feel your sap rising, in the interest of what is natural within and without, I highly recommend taking a walk on the wild side. Consider a trip with Big Wild Adventures. You’ll be glad you did.

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