The two wooded areas on either side of Arbutus Road in Qualicum Beach are gems.
One has municipality maintained trails. On the other side of Arbutus, a few dedicated local residents have beautifully maintained another system of trails. The town, in its long term planning for green space, whether by accident or design, has been exceptionally far sighted.
Walking the trails, surrounded by forest and silence, is a calming and peaceful experience. A brisk, or leisurely walk, quietly attuning to nature, relaxes the body and re-energizes physically, mentally and spiritually, in preparation for whatever the day may present.
I can think of no better therapy for today’s stresses and complexities, than the calming influence of being immersed in nature.
Although not “Luddites” (opposed to technology), many firmly believe the use of technology has overwhelmed much of our daily lives. A disconnect from others and our environment may result in feelings of isolation, a general unhappiness, and a spiritual longing.
Parents would be wise to ensure their children experience and value the quietness and normalcy provided in nature. It can be a stabilizing anchor in times of “tough going” we all experience along life’s path.
I occasionally wonder if many in society are no longer comfortable with quiet and stillness, or to be alone with their own thoughts. Most have experienced so little of it; nevertheless, I’m optimistic that the pendulum swing will eventually bring balance back into our lives again.