Shockwaves have cut across the globe. Lockdown. Plans cancelled. Plans changed. Cities shutdown.
Yet over these weeks we have witnessed the knock-off effect in nature of our shutdown. Mother nature’s rhythm has reawakened across the globe.
Closer to home the Kruger National Park has been silent. No sightings traffic. No delivery trucks. No staff commutes. No tourists. A sectional ranger here and there. Pure silence. Not since it first opened has the Park been left so undisturbed and untouched by humans.
The destination we seek out for our own solace and escape has itself escaped the burden of our traffic. And in so doing has experienced its own healing. Panoramic vistas unburdened by our heavy footprint.
For us at home it’s been a time of great stress, uncertainty and fear. In effort to combat our heightened states so many of us have sought out our own internal lockdown solace, be it through exercise, daily meditations, or group video connections. We’ve been forced to find space and silence within our own four walls.
Soon the fog will lift, and our lives will return to a new normal. But before we fall back into adopting old rhythms and routines, congested intersections and noisy shopping malls, we should consider a transition. A return to nature, her abundance and vast openness of space. A personal rejuvenation, a cleanse. Sojourning to the calm of the Park, and embracing her silence as we heal and transition out of our own personal internal containment and angst.
A return to nature has a profound scientific effect on our well being. A 15 minute walk in nature causes measurable changes to our physiology. A happiness effect. Some countries are promoting time in nature as a public health policy.
We need to open after being so closed. To recalibrate our senses – the early morning African sky sunrise, the smell of the potato bush at dusk, the crickets chirping. Therein lies the innate wisdom of nature’s healing powers. Never before, and never again will we get to experience a post-lockdown Kruger.