Last Updated on March 11, 2021 by Cassandra Nostredame
Losing yourself can be a valuable tool if you want to become more attuned with the world around you. To become one with nature, you must first lessen the control that your ego has over your body and mind. There are many ways that you can try if you want to start losing yourself, and the right option is different for everyone.
This guide will give a variety of proven options that, when done properly, will help you become more at one with nature. Each of these tasks may be done alone, with a partner, or with a group of people. It is important that all of the people present are interested and willing to sincerely practice these techniques if you are trying out these practices with other people.
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Losing Yourself and Achieving Union With the World Around You
Each of these practices requires a peaceful mind, a willingness to explore and an understanding of the nature of reality. To discover a more peaceful mind, you may also try developing the skill of silence. Honestly, though, you should feel free to use any technique that helps you develop a silent mind and a serene body.
Next, open up yourself to the world around you. Before you try losing yourself and becoming one with nature, you should be sure that you are ready to explore the nature of reality that exists without you as its core. Sometimes, people end up confronting difficult emotions, past memories and childhood traumas in this process, so it may not be easy.
Finally, you must understand that nature and reality are manifestations of your beliefs, ideas, and concepts. In a real sense, we each view the world like we are looking through a pair of rose-colored lenses. While there may be an objective reality out there, our own perceptions of the world are shaded by our experiences and personalities. In a very real way, your perceptions of the world are merely your reaction to things instead of the things themselves.
If you have prepared mentally and emotionally for the journey you are about to embark on, you may try the following techniques for losing yourself. Spiritual and emotional growth takes time and practice, so don’t give up if you aren’t successful right away. With your willingness to learn and newfound knowledge, you can attempt to develop the skill of losing yourself.
Looking Toward the Stars
We will begin this process of discovery by traveling through time itself. Alone, with a partner or with a group of friends, go out to a natural area that is free from light pollution. If you reside in a city, this may require hours of travel to find a suitable area. If you don’t want to travel, find a place that allows you to see a wide range of stars, planets and galaxies.
When the sun sets, you should lay on your back and look upward. Search the stars for one that speaks to you. Focus on this light that has traveled for thousands or millions of years just to reach you. It’s possible that the star you are looking at has long since died, which means that you are seeing the memory of the star.
With this in mind, you should allow your thoughts to drift away. Feel yourself becoming one with the star.
Sometimes, people experience strong emotional turmoil at this point. For this reason, it is important to develop a serene mind. Allow only positive emotions to fill your body and any negative emotions to fade into the darkness.
When you find that you no longer notice your body, allow your mind to become one with everything around you. When your mind is consumed by only the planets, stars and galaxies above, then you have successfully lost yourself and become one with nature.
Looking Toward the Clouds to Give Yourself Perspective
Like the stars, the clouds above are unobtainable by the average person. Few will have the means or desire to fly among the clouds and gather their vapors. Even these people haven’t experienced the cloud in the manner that you are about to learn.
As always, this can be done alone, with a partner or with a group. Go out into nature to ensure that your vision isn’t influenced by manmade objects. Lay on your back, and look upwards toward the clouds. You will notice that the clouds aren’t static but in a constant flux of movement, growth and decay.
Allow your eyes to unfocus as you look skyward. Ignore everything but what your eyes are transmitting because the purpose of this exercise is to understand the nature of the clouds. Watch as they increase in size, break apart and slowly drift away.
You can watch as the colors and shades change throughout the day. After a few hours, you will notice that you have nothing in your mind except for these vaporous behemoths. If you are successful, then you will notice that any thoughts of your personal mind and body have long since vanished.
Experiencing the Natural World as a Part of Yourself
This experience is highly personal because the environment that you choose to lose yourself in will influence your future actions. For many, the ocean, a lake or the woods are logical locations. Others may find that they are more comfortable in a swamp, a desert or even an urban environment.
Whatever your decision, ensure that you are of a tranquil mind and peaceful body. Go to an area that you find peaceful, and allow yourself and your ego to disappear within the area. This experience may be heightened if you have a long history of spending time in a particular environment because your body and mind will want to relax automatically.
Allow the conscious mind to fade as you sense the world around you. The smell of the wind, the sound of a rustling bush, the taste of fresh berries, the feeling of gritty soil and the sight of a wild animal to absorb your entire focus.
Instead of noticing a feeling as it pertains to you, notice the feeling as something in and of itself. It isn’t the soil that feels gritty, it is the nature of the gritty soil that feels gritty. As you follow this process of mindful thinking, you will find that the “you” who is experiencing these sensations ceases to exist. By losing yourself, you can reach one of the most peaceful states of mind possible. Many people never achieve this state of absorption in the natural world.
Listening to Music to Lose Your Ego and Sense of Self
Another technique to help you develop the skill of losing yourself is listening to music or other auditory influences. For example, some people find that listening to a river is highly calming. Others still may find that the chirp of birds is an excellent substitute.
In either case, try to listen to music or your favorite sounds in a darkened room. If you are trying to lose yourself and focus on sound, it is easier when you only have one sensory input. The other senses are just distractions from the mental and spiritual training you have ahead of yourself.
Now, allow your body and mind to move to the music but without conscious thought. If your finger taps on the table, then allow it to tap. If you hum along, then enjoy the humming.
In time, you will find that these actions will naturally diminish, and the sounds will flow over and through your body. At that point, experience the sounds for the sounds themselves. If you find that the body you are experiencing exists only as vibrations, then you have met your goal. Allow yourself to disappear into an undulating wave of noise and movement.
Losing Yourself in Yourself
Of course, there are many options you can take for losing yourself. For some people, food is an excellent way to experience the reality around them–mindful eating has become a particularly popular form of meditation in the last few years. For other people, singing or dancing takes their mind from their body.
In time, each of you will find your own way of losing yourself. For those who haven’t yet become satisfied with the options available, there is another, ancient option.
This option for losing yourself is best done while alone, as it is an exploration of the mind and body. To try out this ancient method of losing yourself, find a comfortable, quiet, and tranquil area for you to begin this practice. Losing yourself in yourself can be done by focusing on the sounds and feelings that you experience that come from your own body and mind.
For example, the taste of your tongue is something that can be experienced by a veteran practitioner. Listening to the sound of your heartbeat can be informative as well. For those looking for a basic method for practicing meditation, begin by focusing on the natural breathing as it enters and exits your nostrils. In ancient meditation traditions, this technique is known as Anapanasati. It was said to be the only meditation technique the Buddha used to achieve enlightenment.
After a few days of practice, you will find that your mind is lost in the natural sensations that you experience. A meditation practice can also help in many wonderful ways. Whether you use mindfulness meditation, you can reduce stress, improve your quality of sleep, reduce your chances of developing heart problems and improve your overall mental health.