Hike the Na Pali Coast on Kauai and you will never be the same. Here’s why.
I was taught at a young age that nature is our greatest teacher. I spent most of my childhood outside, learning that, in nature, everything is perfect, efficient, and harmonious. Each organism has an important purpose and serves a bigger picture. Each piece of nature works together in one beautiful cycle.
Beyond that, nature teaches us about ourselves – our aspirations and complexities. Albert Einstein once said, “look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” Spend time outside and allow yourself to be distracted by the brilliantly iridescent colors of the hummingbird and the whispering sound of the wind sweeping through oak trees. With everyday distractions put to bed, being in nature allows you to achieve total focus and self-awareness. Thoughts once being born into existence, only to be lidded by distractions, are now allowed to flow freely. Your mind is free to dream, to question and to explore in nature.
If nature is our greatest teacher, then the Na Pali Coast on Kauai is one of the world’s most esteemed professors. It is a magnificent place where rugged cliffs spill into the warm teal ocean. Exotic lush plant life juts up from the moist ground while others hang low from drooping vines. Waterfalls, hundreds of feet high, crash down into gigantic swimming holes of fresh water. The humid air beads the sweat on your skin. The sun’s reflection dances luminously on the water.
Kalalau Trail, on the Na Pali Coast, is a strenuous 11 mile hike. It dips through lush valleys, crosses swollen streams, and climbs cliffs miles high. It has also been known to change people’s lives. Here is what the Na Pali Coast wants you to know:
You belong outside. You are meant to feel the sun, soak in the water, roll with the waves, breathe the air into your lungs, and feel the dirt under your nails.
True connection happens only when you are disconnected. Close down the distracting technology that “connects” you to finally open the senses and emotions your body has been craving.
You are stronger than you think. The Kalalau Trail is no joke and to hike it – whether half a mile or the entire 11 – is a feat. Revel in that.
Nature is a masterpiece. It is art’s inspiration. It is love simplified. It is curiosity’s king.
+What does nature teach you? Please share in the comments.
Photos by Melodi Meadows.
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