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.

Conquer yourself

Photo by Trekking Rinjani under CC license. All designs by Damien Baumgart.

Singing earth

Photo by Vinoth Chandar under CC license

Not impossible

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Viewpoint

The Troll’s Tongue hike in Fjord Norway. Photo by Thomas Frost Jensen under CC license.

Bare feet

Photo by Mike Baird under CC license

Attached

Photo by Thomas Bresson under CC license

Community

Photo by Francesco under CC license

New lands

Photo by Scott Sporleder. All rights reserved.

Nature's pace

Photo by Kenny Louie under CC license

Unknown

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Heaven on earth

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Make your own path

Photo by Daniel Zedda under CC license

Teacher

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Risk losing nature

Photo by Darren Kirby under CC license

Rainbow

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Be patient

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