THIS PAST SUMMER I was out for a hike and came across a rocky ledge that jutted out over Kootenay Lake. It was just my partner and I with no one else in earshot. I sat and let everything become still, taking in the panoramic view of the far-off mountain range and the glassy waters of the lake.

When I closed my eyes I became more aware of my surroundings — the water softly lapping at the shore, trees rustling, and birds calling to each other. It was life stripped right down. It was simple and pure — no distractions of a society constantly whispering in my ear to be this or act like that.

This is the gift of nature, to teach and remind us of life’s lessons. Because once you block out the noise of everyday life and tune into the natural environment, all the answers are there.

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