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Simona Rich

Self Improvement Blogger, Simona Rich

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Does living in harmony with nature make you grow as a person?

When I lived in UK I met many creative people interested in self improvement, spirituality and natural living. They were people from the cities, either London or cities abroad.

When I moved to India, I witnessed some breath-taking locations untouched by the Westernization bug. However in those locations people were all about blindly following religion and culture, without much independent thought.

Even to this day I wonder why generally people who are most in touch with nature are least interested in spiritual and mental growth.


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    Aug 30 2013: Absolutely! It's too easy to forget what came first. This isn't a chicken/egg argument: we are products of nature, not nurture, yet we've nurtured ourselves into an unnatural disaster. We're the only things (living or not) that can choose to deny the natural process. That said, when we do choose to allow our own nature to shine, connect with the living environment around us and go forward in integrity, we can accomplish anything.
    I do believe that at this point in time, we're reaching a critical crossroads. The status quo is going to lead to our own demise. Returning to nature isn't optional for survival; we can only kid ourselves for so long, and that time is drawing near to an end.
    Speaking on a personal level, to answer the question simply: yes. My first book was the byproduct of spending a lot of time in nature. It's the place I can go to have guaranteed cliarity. Insights flood my mind, and I'm able to sort out everything that I need in order to move forward in the best direction for me. Meditating in nature is nonpareil for human development. Education is a very good thing, but it's often held to a much higher regard than simply being. The balance is necessary. Music without silence in between songs is just continuous and jumbled noise, and our minds won't have a chance to process the information properly. The silence nature offers 24/7 does the same thing. Cheers!

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