I chose to visit a park not far away from the city but in a forested area next to an artificial river. I specifically chose a small water fall and sat just next close to it and fully concentrated on my surroundings. After about ten minutes of silence and full concentration, my senses of smell and hearing were very much stimulated. I could for instance perceive the smell of river water not at all like the tap water, but a strange freshness that I had not expected. I initially thought water was the same everywhere and that it was without any scent.
I could also perceive the sweet scent of different flowers. To my amazement, the more I concentrated the more I could perceive the distinct scents of different individual flowers rather than the general scent I perceived initially. I could also though faintly perceive the scent of fresh leaves and fruits which I initially thought contained no scent at all.
My thoughts drifted enabling my feelings to get into close contact with nature. The humming of birds had never been that clear. I could also clearly hear insects chirping. Though the chirping was from different insects, they ensued a rhythmic, musical sound. I felt the wind blowing in a certain regular rhythm. This had me feel lifted. I literally felt buoyant though firmly sited. I never thought the wind blows in a given definite rhythm. I always assumed that the wind just blew irregularly and that it was a nuisance when it did. In this case though, the refreshing breeze made feel extremely relieved and relaxed.
The flow of the water in the river was exquisite. I never knew that the sound produced by flowing river water falling of a small slope could sound so musical. By fully concentrating in the rhythm of the flowing water, I could almost a musical sounds that made me feel at peace with my inner self.
The feeling of just listening to nature while dead silent was amazing. I could almost form mental pictures of the different birds and the natural site in general. I never knew that this experience could be therapeutic. It made release tension and opened up my mind and my nerves.
I have always overlooked the importance of vegetative cover and natural settings devoid of buildings and automobiles and crowded streets. I assumed that the latter was my normal life. By visiting that place, I discovered that most of the city dwellers feel stressed and tired always not because they do not rest, but because they do not allow their bodies and minds to savor the peace and tranquility available in the natural world. The brain requires a lot of clean and fresh oxygen to help the body release tension and nerve relaxation. One does not require using pain killers or sleeping peels, in order to sleep or relieve stress and tension. Nature is a natural healer. I left relieved and feeling very energetic. I resolved to visit the park once in a while and also be involved in some camping expeditions. It was in all an unusually relieving experience.