‘Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
For the past five years, Chris and I have taken a trip to Wilson’s Prom at the end of November to celebrate our anniversary. We usually spend three relaxing days in this beautiful untouched environment and it gives us both the chance to really unwind before Christmas. It reminds me that when I’m close to nature, I am most at peace.
There’s not a lot to do at the Prom other than walk, read, eat and just hang out together. Which is what makes it so perfect. No televisions, no shops, no restaurants, just some basic accommodation, a small general store and an outdoor cinema which operates one night a week. The days are the longest days I can remember.
We like a bit of routine so we usually get up early on the first morning and walk across to Squeaky Beach before anyone else is around. On the uphill path we meet with all sorts of wildlife – wallabies, echidnas, wombats, lizards and an array of native birds. The sun is still low in the sky, softening the ruggedness of Mt Oberon. Tidal River is still and glassy, rich in mineral colours and a perfect canvas to reflect the sky.
By the time Squeaky Beach is in full view, the morning is warming up and despite having seen it many times, we’re still blown away by the view – the water is a deep, rich turquoise and the granite is speckled with orange. It’s a scene that takes your breath away.
We are often the only two people on the rocks and the beach is free of footprints. It’s the most peaceful place in the world.
In this quiet moment I am reminded of how overly complicated life can be. Without our phones and computers, we’re only answerable to ourselves. There’s no reason to hurry. I sit on the rocks and watch the waves breaking and Chris looks at the world through the lens of his camera. Time stands still and we are able to be fully present and completely at peace. I find myself wishing for more days like this one.
We can’t get away to the Prom every weekend and undoubtedly, it would lose some of its magic if we were here too often but we can make an effort to connect more with nature when we’re at home.
5 ways for you to find stillness in nature
1. Take a picnic to your local gardens along with a blanket and big cushions. Lie on your back and watch the clouds go by.
2. Take a trip to the nearest beach and walk along the water’s edge barefoot.
3. Book a weekend in the countryside or by the coast (or better still, visit Wilson’s Prom).
4. Combine a movie with some time in nature by attending your local Moonlight Cinema.
5. Find somewhere to go walking in nature. Australia has some beautiful walking tracks.