Take time to no­tice na­ture’s beauty

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Take a breather to no­tice the beau­ti­ful world around us, says Let’s Talk colum­nist

Amanda Jayne, the King’s Lynn based psy­chother­a­pist and coun­sel­lor.

Iam writ­ing this sit­ting be­side a pool with a stun­ning view of the moun­tains and sea on the Greek is­land of Corfu; some­where I stayed in my 20s and have vis­ited of­ten ever since.

I was un­able to think of a sin­gle thing to write about, to the ex­tent that I al­most missed the edi­to­rial dead­line. That is, un­til I ar­rived here last night and woke this morn­ing to a beau­ti­ful vista.

It’s the first time I have stopped to take a breath for quite some time and, just like a lot of us who lead busy, stress­ful lives, it’s not un­til you stop, that you re­alise how fast the pace of life has be­come.

That’s when the beauty sur­round­ing you be­comes so blurred into the back­ground, you miss the small de­tails: birds chirrup­ing to each other in na­ture’s ar­chi­tec­turally stun­ning forests and fauna; the waves lap­ping gen­tly on the shore; a field of rich greens and yel­lows; rain­drops in a pud­dle.

If you start ig­nor­ing the views and the small de­tails, you miss a more ful­fill­ing way of be­ing.

Although I live by the sea and I love it and feel very lucky, re­cently I hadn’t no­ticed it. It was merely a place to hur­riedly march the dogs along while I fran­ti­cally planned my day in my head, go­ing as fast as I could so I could get to the of­fice and get started.

It took me to travel all th­ese miles to ‘smell the cof­fee’... but it needn’t have.

The Greek peo­ple here have had it very hard since en­ter­ing the Euro­zone. Their econ­omy is shat­tered with lit­tle hope of an im­prove­ment, and they are suf­fer­ing the con­se­quences of high taxes, low in­come and re­duced tourism. They have to work hard all sum­mer to earn enough money to sus­tain them through the win­ter months, and yet they re­main calm, friendly and shoul­der-shrug­gingly re­signed to their predica­ment. Over the past few years, I’ve of­ten mar­velled at how they main­tain their pos­i­tiv­ity and heart-warm­ing trust and friend­li­ness to the of­ten dis­trust­ful tourists and peo­ple who visit ex­pect­ing money-grab­bing Greeks op­er­at­ing a hard-sell in or­der to ex­tract money, when in fact, they re­main as chilled, friendly, smiley and calm as they were when I stayed here all those years ago.

One thing they have here in abun­dance is beauty. Ev­ery­where you go there is a beau­ti­ful beach, a lush green for­est, or a ma­jes­tic im­pos­ing moun­tain. Of course there are ar­eas of de­pri­va­tion, like any coun­try. How­ever, it’s hard to ig­nore the nat­u­ral beauty ar­rest­ing your senses in every di­rec­tion.

The Cor­fuians here, I be­lieve, are in the way of beauty - and it is free. It’s the best thing about this place and it’s com­pletely free.

Mother Na­ture is our best ther­a­pist. Her ser­vices are free and you don’t have to travel as far as I have to reap the ben­e­fits of her gen­er­ous abun­dance of healing prop­er­ties. She puts ev­ery­thing in per­spec­tive and re­leases a clut­tered, stressed mind to un­leash its full po­ten­tial.

Try putting your­self in the way of beauty. I prom­ise you will feel bet­ter for it.

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