Nature Delivers Benefits

Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology.”

Being In Nature Is Healing

These were headlines that I read in the paper this weekend.

This University of Exeter Medical School study is validating something that we all know.

Nature delivers benefits.

Connecting with nature is therapeutic.

Nature inspires, relaxes and ‘joyifies’.

It turns what might have been an ordinary day into an extraordinary one.

Nature is a place for our imagination to romp freely.

It inspires us to be kinder, gentler, more compassionate, and generous.

Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, and Beethoven spent time in nature in order to contemplate, be one with the universe, and let their creative juices stew.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein

Anne Frank knew the healing power of nature –

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne FrankThe Diary of a Young Girl

As did Rachel Carson –

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel CarsonSilent Spring

Nope – we don’t need studies to tell us the effect that nature has on our well being.

Ask kids in the inner city whose drug infested corner has been turned into a community garden.

Ask individuals who work in the city and eat their lunch on a park bench under the cool umbrella of a shade tree

Ask inmates in prisons who participate in gardening programs.

Ask parents on city playgrounds with their kids.

Ask your neighbors going for an evening stroll.

Ask yourself.

Being In Nature Is A Form of Therapy

If you aren’t spending 30 minutes a day in nature, it’s time to develop your ‘nature muscle’.

Go for a walk, join a soccer team, or a bird watching club.

Take up jogging, rowing, or biking.

Play outside with your kids.

Sit on a park bench and close your eyes.

Do nothing.

But be in nature.

It will rock your world. I promise.

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About Fran

Fran’s book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, now considered a classic, was groundbreaking when published as no one had written about gardening in the context of creativity, spirituality, and transformation.

In addition to being a recognized garden expert and deep ecologist, Fran is also a broadcaster, journalist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender. All of her work is based on her deep belief that our need to connect to the earth is an inherent trait – and that by doing so, we heal and experience more joy in our lives.

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