Guest Article: Alissa

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Autumn is here and it is obvious when you live on a farm like I do. There is a different smell and the animals move a little slower. I was driving to work early one morning when I saw the first completely fire red maple of the fall. The way the sun hit the leaves, the brightness was almost sad. Trees are interesting since they are a constant reminder of the cycle of life. They live, thrive, crumble, die.
Everyone has stressful days. Recently I have found that if I spend at least 30 minutes outside walking my dog through the field and talking with the one I love, my stress levels decrease greatly. I am not a fan of the heat so in the summer I actually tend to run and hide from spending time outside. But in the fall, I thrive. I could feel the change within myself as I looked around and saw the changes in the leaves.
I feel that we are all so disconnected from the Earth. Humans use to gaze up at the stars and use the unknown to base their stories from. When you look up at the stars at my house, you can see millions of them. It’s so dark that the sky seems to light up like a Christmas tree. It truly is a wonder.
We all go throughout our days: angry at the traffic, upset because someone yelled at us, hurt because of someone’s words. But at the end of the day, when I step outside and observe the world, all those feelings suddenly feel so small. I am able to let my mind go and just be present in nature.
It may seem like an odd thing to say or do, but I have found that it helps so much. I remember living in NYC and dying to get to Prospect Park just so I could sit in the grass at night when many other city-dweller was safe in their apartment.

There are so many little details in nature. They help distract me from the things in life that cause stress of annoyance. I think: someday none of this will matter. I will forget the hurtful words or actions of a random customer or I will pass or fail and exam. But life is so much more than we humans have made out of it. We have put ourselves and society in a box and it’s only until we start to find a way to open it, that we can truly live.