Wellness in the wild
Letting the bush take care of your well-being whilst on safari
Wellness in the wild, what is it?
Wellness means something different to everyone - there’s really not one definition which the worlds’ population can agree will be the correct answer, and this is the beauty of the word. We all have different methods which help us feel our best selves. To me, a conscious effort put towards ensuring a true feeling of lightness and peace within myself is a wonderful definition.
Today, it might be the most important thing you can do with your spare time - improving your health or better yet, preventing any form of dis-ease in your mind and body. EVEN ON HOLIDAY. Having a personal interest in the matter, I’ve managed to speak with numerous professionals in different specialised fields. There are many basic methods that most will recommend to help someone reach a level of contentment or peace with which they feel happy, but one which never goes unmentioned is simply to “get outside”. Stepping onto soil or grass to purposefully and mindfully ground yourself into the earth is one of the easiest ways to feel even a fraction more at peace.
You’re able to be at one with nature in most parts of this beautiful continent and each country offers something unique. So, it’s safe to say that we're making the first step of preventing/improving dis-ease which is simply being outside in raw and real wilderness, easy. Whilst on Safari in the bush, what’s even better than just being outdoors, is that you’re in the presence of other magnificent species that might make you feel quite insignificant (in the best way possible). It’s always good to be reminded that humans aren’t the only important animals around.
Being in the presence of the incredible wildlife is enough to feel the inexplainable magic Africa beholds. What might this have to do with wellness? Everything. Any moment that makes you feel good/inspired/calm, not matter how little, counts. Once you've had a taste of the serenity melting inside you, it's impossible not to feel at peace. THIS is the African bush - it’s an emotional experience where a lift in your wellbeing comes naturally, and even unconsciously.
Africa holds magic which is hard to put into words, in fact more often than not it leaves its own local people speechless. Africa is an experience in its own, but add in dedicated daily time for practicing/improving wellness and the experience becomes transformational.
Coming to this incredible part of the world will leave you feeling well in every sense of the word, even if it’s unintended. But if you are looking into a purposeful driven wellness experience in the bush, there are many wonderful ways to do so. It might be by taking a bath under the stars, walking in the wild alongside the wildlife, simply watching in silence the incredible life happening around you, having spa treatments in the bush or by the sea, taking yoga or meditation classes at sunrise with elephants in front of you, climbing mountains that take you past cloud nine. All of the above and more are possible and are great ways to leave you feeling a huge deal of love and zest for life! Africa is still a hidden wellness gem (and certainly still extremely raw). There’s no doubt that a safari in the bush or on the beach, with a few hours of mindful activities of your choice added in, will open your mind to a world of warm wonders.