This morning, I got deliberately lost. I allowed myself to wander off the beaten track and lose myself in the woods. Phoneless. Contactless.
How often these days do people allow themselves to get lost, in this age of sat nav and Smartphones?
I read a book recently about a Japanese practise known as Shinrin-Yoku. It translates as ‘Forest Bathing’. It’s the practise of wandering into the forest, noticing and bonding with nature, for the purposes of your own health. It’s meant to be healing for both body and mind.
Both nature and technology can have a certain allure. We can find ourselves drawn to, and mesmerised by, either. Stepping away from the ‘Ping’ of Smartphone notifications and social media updates can allow us to reconnect with nature, allowing us to notice more. To slow down.
Noticing is what we as writers need to do in order to put words on the page.
Reconnecting with nature can help us to find life more interesting. To feel part of a whole again. To maybe become a little bit more interesting (and interested) a person.
Taking the opportunity to notice more, to slow down, to step away from technology and go out and get lost: these things will, I think, feed into our writing and our lives, making them richer and more meaningful.
#ICYMI, I have a little piece of creative non-fiction flash in this lovely magazine: http://www.dnamag.co.uk/issues/issue-two/ called ‘Part-Time Vegetarianism’