Nature and Utiseta

Journeying Home: Embracing Nature and Utiseta

Isn’t it amazing how time seems to fly these days! Soon, I’ll yet again be on my way to Sweden, my homeland, a place rich in natural beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor exploration. And let me tell you, the thought of immersing myself in Sweden’s stunning landscapes fills me with anticipation and joy.

Currently, I find myself in the southern hemisphere, where we’re in the midst of winter. The stark contrast between the cold, dark days here and the vibrant, sunlit midsummer in Sweden serves as a powerful reminder to embrace both the darkness and the light within me. This contrast is something I’m eager to explore further during my journey.


Sweden, with its vast forests, serene lakes, and picturesque countryside, offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. This summer, I’m eagerly looking forward to reconnecting with nature in ways that are both rejuvenating and grounding. There’s nothing quite like feeling the earth beneath my feet, reconnecting with my roots in the land of my upbringing.

One of the things I’m most excited about is the scent of the forest. The rich, earthy aroma of pine and spruce trees, mingled with the sweet fragrance of wildflowers, promises to be a refreshing change from what I’m used to. The smell of the forest floor, especially after a gentle rain, evokes a sense of calm and tranquility, grounding me in the present moment.

Walking on the wet moss will be another unforgettable experience. There’s something magical about its soft, spongy texture underfoot, cool and damp against my skin. It’s a tactile reminder of the natural world’s gentle resilience and a comforting connection to the earth.

The songs of the birds will provide a beautiful soundtrack to my explorations. In the peacefulness of the forest, their melodies will stand out, each note a unique call to the wild. These songs, a blend of chaos and harmony, remind me of the diverse life that thrives in these woods and the intricate web of connections that sustain it. Listening to these natural symphonies is both soothing and inspiring, highlighting the vitality and beauty of the natural world.

Connecting with nature in Sweden this summer will be deeply fulfilling. The opportunity to appreciate the serenity and wisdom of the natural world, and to find clarity and a deeper understanding of myself amidst Sweden’s landscapes, is a dream come true.


As I prepare for this journey, I’m filled with anticipation and gratitude. The chance to spend summer in Sweden, immersing myself in its breathtaking scenery, is something I’ve yearned for. I eagerly anticipate every moment—the sights, sounds, and smells that will envelop me, offering a profound peace that only nature can provide.

In addition to soaking in Sweden’s natural beauty, I’m particularly excited to engage in utiseta during my trip. Utiseta, an ancient Scandinavian practice, involves spending time alone in nature to seek guidance, wisdom, or simply to connect with the natural world on a deeper level. This meditative practice will be integral to my summer experience, allowing me to fully immerse myself in the serenity of Sweden’s forests. Much like the seasonal shift from the darkness of winter to the light of midsummer, utiseta will help me embrace the balance of light and dark within myself, fostering a deeper sense of peace and connection to the ancient rhythms of the earth.

This summer, Sweden’s forests will be my sanctuary—a journey into the heart of nature. With the practice of utiseta, I’m ready to embrace every moment of this soulful adventure.

See you in the shadows,

I Frid, Madelaine

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