Posts by Heather Shearer

Heather Shearer is a university researcher specializing in environmental behavior; and is a freelance writer and poet. She grew up in the African bush, and loves travelling, hiking and camping. She is currently writing two books, one on habits, and another, on positive environmentalism, based on her Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/positiveenvironmentalism.

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4 Lessons from the Forest on Dealing with Difficult Times

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” ~Victor Hugo

This week I revisited a favorite national park, some fourteen years after my last visit. Despite the long hiatus, the reason for both trips was the same.

When I last visited in 2000, my goal was to seek out the solitude and beauty of the rainforest, the creeks rushing headlong through shade-dappled gorges, and the vast rocky cliffs overlooking the distant ocean.

I had suffered a recent breakup and wanted to spend some time in nature, in solitude, in a place where I could …