“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” – John Muir
Love nature? Do you have a deep desire or calling to connect with the ebbs and flows of the life that surrounds you? Does nature whisper to you from behind closed windows inviting you to come play, explore and live amongst it?
Nature has been practically yelling at me with all its might the last few years. After many years living in the cold Midwest and in concrete jungles I’ve answered that calling.
Currently, I am united with it on a tiny island in Southern Thailand. Home is set high on a hill in the jungle amongst the canopy of the trees with a breathtaking view of the Andaman Sea and limestone cliffs dramatically jutting out reaching into the expansive blue sky.
Nature is a powerful and wise teacher. Here are some life lessons from living on a small island amongst the jungle and sea.
Lesson #1: Contentment and Abundance
On the island there are beautiful views, gentle breezes, turquoise sea, shade from the trees and creatures living in the trees.
In life, just like in nature plenty is available at all times. In spite of any thoughts or fears one may have.
Lesson #2: Quiet and Stillness Prevail
There are times in life where situations call for quiet and stillness until the time comes to make our move. When that time comes one is able to move quickly and efficiently.
For example, we have many gecko housemates. After a big rain a plethora of bugs come inside. When the geckos are ready to eat they watch the bugs in absolute stillness. Once they are ready to strike they come in quick and are rewarded with dinner.
Being in nature allows increased sensitivity in which one is aware of sights, sounds and vibrations. Digging deeper one’s intuition and vision of their life path may come forward.
Lesson #3: New Perspectives
Initially, accepting nature as it is with all the bugs, animals and weather can be a daunting task met with much resistance. Once able to, life welcomes more creativity, new perspectives and approaches. It also expands one’s ability to move through life with grace and fluidity.
For example, I’m not the only one that thinks this a great place to live. So does a couple of rats. Upon arrival their tiny footsteps could be heard running around the wood beams above at night. At first I was terrified and did not want to be anywhere near them.
Once I accepted they were there I was able to come up with a way to keep them out. It all started when two kittens followed us home one night. For the first time in my life I have animals to serve a certain role, in this case to keep the rats away, instead of as a cuddly pet to keep me company.
Lesson #4: Cleansing Heals and Transforms
The daily summer rains on the island are a welcome respite from the heat. Cleansing the air and bringing coolness. As well as providing nourishment for the trees to thrive.
Cleansing in one’s life can also be healing and nurturing. A physical cleanse removes toxins from the body. As Jim Rohn says, “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
There’s also emotional cleansing to feel and connect with real, raw emotions. Letting go of that which no longer serves invites transformation to occur.
Lesson #5: Patience
“Adopt the patience of nature, her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
The tides of the sea change daily. During low tides fisherman boats are stranded on the sand until high tide comes in. It’s also a time when the crabs come out to scurry and play simultaneously as the birds feast on them.
Creatures and people both of the island trust that the universe will provide that whatever they need will come at the right time.
If feeling frustrated that things aren’t moving along faster in life, try taking a more patient approach.
Orange and white kitty. Our fearless protectors of the house against rats and other unwanted guests. Photo Credit: Francis Tabin
Magical pink jellyfish of all sizes can be seen on the surface of the sea. Photo Credit: Francis Tabin
Eagles are bountiful and a beautiful sight to see soaring in the sky around the island. Photo Credit: Francis Tabin
Curious hornbill bird. This bird wakes us up nearly every morning by hitting its beak against the window. Photo Credit: Francis Tabin
Our monkey neighbor. Lives in the trees surrounding our home. Photo Credit: Francis Tabin