All of your senses come to life when you head out into the forest. You can smell a mixture of old and stale leaves as well as the freshness of new growth. You can hear the little trickle of the creek running through the forest somewhere, perhaps close by but you don't know until you explore a bit further. You can hear some birds as they fly above or between the trees or tip toe amongst the leaves. You become very conscious of each step as you crunch the leaves, bark and twigs on the ground as you wander. While you hear these sounds you are also aware of the overwhelming silence. You are aware of the contrast between this silence and the every day sounds of your normal existence in the suburbs and city.
You can see the trees but can also look beyond them to the ferns and brush below or outside of the main forest area.You are reminded of the saying about not being able to see the forest for the trees and you smile at how literally you can see this in this space. You can look up to find the blue sky peeking through. Up close you even notice the details of the bark. You might even notice a few bugs and become aware that you are intruding on their part of the world. Sometimes the leaves on the ferns glitter with sun light and you are reminded of the importance of all aspects of nature coming together to create this environment.
You feel warmed and cold at the same time. You feel the fresh air against your cheeks but feel comforted by the protection of the trees around and above you. You feel alone but with nature at the same time. You reflect on the number of decades these trees have been here and you feel humbled, small and pretty insignificant. You feel astounded at the tendency we have these days to cut down trees and you feel at one with the protesters who you see on the news strapping themselves to the trees and refusing to allow the tree loppers in.
It's times like this it's easy to notice the importance of getting back to nature, of getting away from the busyness of day to day life, the sights and sounds of the city and suburbs. It feels like nature spots like this give you a sense to reclaim yourself. To still your thoughts and body and notice things you don't usually see, things that are always there, have been there for a very long time, just waiting for you to discover.