Coming to the end of the summer, many of us will have spent some time pitching a tent and camping in a field under the stars. It’s a lot of work, there are a lot of bugs, and as Clay reflecting while finding himself sitting in a camping chair in a random field, we all have nice comfortable houses with electricity, running water and various forms of entertainment. So why do we choose to pack up all our stuff and venture out in to great outdoors to set up camp?
In this episode, we discuss:
* benefits of camping on our physical health (exercise, circadian rhythms)
* our connection with nature
* benefits of ‘unplugging‘ and just sitting around chatting (being present)
* Sarah and Clay’s experiences camping
* sound and the quiet of camping
* simplicity and the joy of getting back to basics
* experiencing a spiritual connection with the world
* Clay’s experience camping on his own
“Once you get into it you realise you’ve got nothing else to do but hang around and chat,” Tim Dowling writes in his article ‘If Camping is so tough, why do we like it so much?’ Being present with your friends or family and being released from all the imposed busyness of modern life alone might be worth the hassle of packing up all your ‘necessities’ and sleeping on the ground.
However, immersing ourselves in the natural world from dawn to dusk can also feel incredibly restorative, especially for those of us who live in towns and cities.
As Lindsay Holmes writes in her article ‘The very real benefits of going camping‘, human beings are “wired for wonder; we feel compelled to stop and soak up the sunset or gaze up at the stars — and there’s no better place to do that than camping in the wilderness. Research even suggests that awe-inspiring moments can make us happier and more inventive. How’s that for a remedy to your creative rut?
Ultimately, camping is about experience. It’s benefits aren’t something to read about, but to live and feel. As Emerson has written, “The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face-to-face…Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?”
Been camping this summer? Why did you go? We’d love to hear from you.
Til next week!