I always pick one or two weeks (summer vacations) to enjoy the country side. The rural living can help us (parents) build naturally healthier and I should say HAPPIER kids. As a kid I spent many of my summer vacations in between countryside and the sea side. The farm life with my grandparents was a blast. Farm animals, freshly baked bread, homemade cheesy, picking fruit, running thru our olive tree farm and playing outside with my friends. At night we joined to watch the stars and tell each other scary stories. So much FUN and unique.
PLAY FREELY! FEEL THE NATURE!
The exact opposite of computer or iPad , this type of play deeply stimulates a child’s creative mind and imagination and it’s been said that puts them into a flow state similar to meditation experienced feeling. And I do practice meditation for a few years now. I love that.
According to studies, “Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed” (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-serious-need-for-play/)
Taking care of animals, biking, climbing trees, running from bees, horseback riding, counting stars, and all sort of country and slow living chores are a way to promote physical and mental activity.
Besides the love to discover new places, scents and find new flowers, Maria and I love to “find” ourselves in each moment. It’s a way to connect with nature, with ourselves and other amazing beings trusting the Universe our unique life.
These “golden photos” were taken in Alentejo near Portalegre where we feel free and safe. A private farm of someone we now can call friend and it’s in our hearts.
And what about you? Where do you find “yourself” loved?