Don’t we all some days…
Imagery is an important stress reliever, and what could be more relaxing than watching horses graze a field as the landscape sleeps? Think about that one. The landscape, the trees, the insect life sleep in winter. Soon there will be an awakening of the landscape though, but no need to rush, relax.
What might that be telling people? One thing, winter is truly a special season for picture-taking, as the land lays bare and quietly sleeps under a blanket of fresh snow. So what does this have to do with stress? Well, a few things…
Horses are prey animals, and they evolved in environments very different from which they find themselves today. So did people.
It has been quite a while since us or the horses were running through the fields dodging hungry predators.
You know the difference between us and animals when being stressed? Animals are unstressed when the threat subsides. Us, not so much.
People worry about everything today, and in doing that, don’t focus on things really needing their attention. Animals don’t do that. Stress is one of the greatest tools an animal has to stay alive. It really gets them into quick action and reaction. Stress can be positive or negative.
I often think to times when humans really had a stressful life. It has a way of putting perspective on things in our daily lives today.
Humanoids faced extreme hunger, vast fluctuation in weather, being preyed upon like hamburger patties at the fast food restaurant. A clan of greasy burgers for the Sabre-Tooths?
You name it, that was some pretty stressful stuff for our ancient forebears. It was the eat or be eaten life. Look for lunch or be the lunch. Ketchup with that humanoid?
Ancient man also gravitated to pastoral scenery and pastoral communities. When asked today what scenic views are preferred, people across many cultures pick vast grassland scenes even if that is not where they grew up. So there must be something to why places like this are calming.
Now we get stressed out by some the stupidest things, like when a driver cuts you off in traffic or steals your parking space at the mall. How about giving a talk in front of a large crowd? That used to stress me until I had to lecture a class of 235 at my university. Me nervous? Heck no, or at least that is what I made myself believe.
What is better than taking a meditative moment in nature for those everyday stresses? Not much.
It is not like a wooly mammoth is going to jump out from the bushes to mow us down… so chill and enjoy the day. Go out and walk the fields, catch a few peaceful scenes and give the mind and body a rest.
It only takes opening that locked door keeping you inside.
Next post, a tree of sparrows in stress. Guess who’s coming for dinner?