Whats so great about NATURE?
Whether your an outdoor fiend, strictly city or somewhere in between, nature is an essential part of your physical, mental and emotional health. Basic biology and chemistry tell us that we are intimately linked with the plants, animals and elements in our environment, and principles of ecopsychology tell us that when we ignore or dismiss this relationship, we suffer psychologically.
As ecopsych so wisely points out, we are dependent on the earth and its cycles and rhythms. We have evolved to be in tune with them, and when we sever ourselves from this relationship with nature, like children ignoring a supportive parent we will eventually come crying back when we discover the necessity of the relationship.
Today I ask you – how and when do you feel disconnected from nature? When do you feel in tune?
If it’s been a while, consider reconnecting with the great outdoors, your mother/father earth. Connect with the elements – the mountains, the beach, an indoor garden, whatever speaks to you the most. See if you can attune to your natural environment in a way that reminds you of the intricate connections that exist between all forms of life. Notice how this impacts you, receiving oxygen from plants and negative ions from the waters. Notice your mood and find your own rhythm to help you connect with the natural world around you on a regular basis, so it can feed you (and you it – reciprocal transformation, baby!).
Of course, equally important to your natural environment is your own essential nature and what you bring to the world. Connecting with the elements is one way to get clearer in your sense of yourself. Bonus question: If you had to boil yourself down to one word, feeling, experience, what would it be? If you could describe your SELF in one sentence, what would you express about the most essential, core aspects of your being?
Share your responses in the comments below.
Keep your eyes out, in the next few posts we’ll continue playing with concepts around nature, nurturing, and recent advances in science that shed light on the age old psychological debate between genetics and experience.
Sending much natural love your way,
PS Also coming soon – natural inspiration of baby goats and sandy beaches! You’re welcome:)