The Healing Powers of Nature

Today, I was thinking about how whenever I spend time outside, I feel more peaceful, centered, and happy.  Our bodies rely on nature not only for our physical health, but our mental well-being, as well.  The sun provides us with our necessary Vitamin D, which our bodies need to survive, and which also helps to improve mood.  The moon allows for darkness, which our bodies and minds need for sleep and rest. We all know that water is another natural resource that is also crucial to our systems. Further, just the sound of flowing water can be incredibly relaxing and calming to our bodies.  This is one of the reasons I love to go to the beach so much, and to take baths outside.  There is nothing more relaxing to me than to hear the flow of water and to be in it.

Our ancient ancestors relied so much on nature in their daily lives. They were immersed in it, but such is not the case today.  The majority of lives today are spent cramped inside, in big cities with dense populations where people don’t get enough time outside.  As more is being written on the benefits of nature to our bodies and mind, I believe people are becoming more conscious of it and are making efforts to incorporate nature more into their lives through such avenues as a daily walk outdoors or even going on nature retreats.  This evening, I have been thinking about some simple ways in which people can include nature in their lives more and I came up with this little list:

  1. Adding a plant or two to your home and/or office space.Taking care of nature through plants will connect you more with nature;
  2. Incorporating natural produce into your diet more often.This means being a good shopper by spending most of your time at the grocery store in the produce section, rather than the processed foods section.  Your body will reap the benefits of eating more greens.
  3. Exercising outside, such as doing yoga outside.One of my favorite practices in the morning is to do Sun Salutations A & B under the Sun, acknowledging its beauty and power over our Earth.  Just connecting your breath with the air outside through whatever avenue of exercise you choose will connect you more with the natural rhythms of nature.

I have noticed in my life that if I try to spend at least a half hour outside daily, I am more peaceful, calm and centered.  Our bodies were made from nature and for nature.  It is my hope that when people develop a greater appreciate for the connection that we innately have with nature, our precious Earth will be more cherished and treated better by all.