I came across this paper by Hans Gelter,Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
He writes about Friluftslive: the Scandanavian philosphy of outdoor life.
He explores the emotional aspect of being within the landscape and the response on a physical level to the beauty and tranquillity of rural locations. Being within beautiful and breathtaking landscapes and the emotional response from these moments of dwelling; a feeling of complete connection with the landscape on a spiritual level. Unique to Scandanavia, Norway and Sweden it is an important part of peoples everyday lives; a way of living close to the landscape. Most people who pursue friluftslive are urban people. The fast paced lives we lead are forcing people to look for a peace and tranquillity away from their urban living. 'Being' in nature is also to explore its resources.
There is a difference to being and experiencing the landscape and being a tourist within a landscape. A tourist consumes a place; they don't become emotionally connected to a place they put it on their list of having been there.
No matter what the weather a Frilufts person will embrace the place and accept the landscape in the state it presents itself; the rawness of the elements. They will participate to connect. 'Visitors' do not interact with nature they become observers and make nature into a museum.
Modern life has created a disconnection of society. We less and less interact on a physical level using technology to communicate ever more so. We have become less dependant on each other causing society to become more insular. Friluftslive can regain this connection. Often doing things together with family and friends, sharing experiences; travelling together, sitting around a camp fire; relying on each other and experience a connectedness!!
There are not many 'real' moments in our busy lifestyles that we actually feel connected to something or experience a sensation of contentedness with the world.........
This morning I picked blackcurrants from my blackcurrant bush. It was extremely peaceful. I was lost in the moment of this task. It was not a 'task' in a laborious or dullest way. The moment was sublime. It took me back to blackberry picking as a child. It felt like the right thing to be doing as if I was supposed to collecting food for myself, as my ancestors did.There was a feeling of complete contentedness a feeling of being in the right place at the right time. If only for a few moments.
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