I’ve just read an interesting article in the guardian about a couple who for seven years now,have lived a nomadic lifestyle firstly in New Zealand now in Europe. In the article she is promoting her book “Woman in the Wilderness” and it tells their story and shows how you can live a different lifestyle and adapt to it.
Having been forced to readjust my lifestyle somewhat I can understand how you can realign your life and live nomadically living and doing without . Having said that I’d probably stop at washing my hair in urine.
She thinks that perhaps women have lost their connection with nature, “even more than men. Also,” she adds, passionately, “why do women behave so weakly, physically? As in, ‘I can’t lift that,’ ‘I can’t shit outside,’ ‘I can’t have my period in the bush.’” She thinks it’s a shame women are missing out. In today’s world if you want to be more content, sometimes you have to change your life completely.
“This is tricky because you can never get far enough away from people,” grumbles Peter. Fortunately, “We’re absolute masters of disappearing into forests.”
Naturism for some represents a real life return to nature and also an alternative to stereotype lifestyle.This consisting of living naked in a community, within a dedicated area.
Naturism aims at the well-being of the body in contact with the natural elements that surround us, like air, sun, light and water. Ignoring any erotic connotation, naturism helps restore the body’s proper place. Natural nudity should be seen as the original state in which each of us were born. It is natural and healthy.
With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, humans have lost touch with nature. The concrete jungle and the rat race suck up our time and energy and we feel stressed, anxious or like we have lost meaning. We have middle life crises, travel to ‘find ourselves’, fight depression with pills, change jobs and cars but, somehow, we cannot fill that void. We don’t know what’s wrong.
What we are truly lacking is a connection with the wild world and its rhythms. Today we don’t need to hunt or gather food for sustenance, work hard to build a shelter or collect wood for fire every other day in the winter. We don’t need to protect ourselves or our food from predators. Our lives revolve around paying bills, buying things we don’t actually need, drinking to feel something and staring at a computer screen.
Nature is good for our sense of wellbeing. The way nature works as a whole system, bringing meaning to great complexity, often gives people a sense of purpose and understanding. This purpose has to do with feeling connected to a larger environment and order. While nature connects you to a larger system, it also helps people come to terms with what they cannot control. In nature, people learn to cope and acts as a stress controller.
Living in the modern world, it’s easy to forget our connection to nature and the environment. There was a time when all of humanity lived as animals in harmony with our ecosystem. Our actions have an effect on the environment, and a healthy environment is what allows us to live. By reconnecting with nature, we move toward a more sustainable future for our planet and a more holistic existence for ourselves.