was a time when adding buildings to the natural landscape was
thought of as nothing but progress. Today, there are some
areas where it's rather difficult to find any natural land left.
Rather than focusing on the negative, let's focus on what we do
have...nature wherever you can find it. If you are lucky
enough to live in the country, you instinctively know that it's a
calm and wonderful place to live. Time is spent watching the
wildlife in it's glory. For city-dwellers, time spent at a
local park or garden can be an excursion into serenity and inner
There's something in nature that cannot be found inside a building.
It's more than words can describe. The feeling is one of awe.
To know that something so glorious and ever changing has been here
even before we got here is an exciting thought. It's bigger
than us, extremely powerful, and so amazingly beautiful. To
feel nature is to feel it's healing power upon us.
beach is a perfect place to feel the powerful effects of nature.
The force of the waves, the sounds of the sea gulls, and the smells
of the salt in the air all lend to the feeling that you are in the
presence of something powerful indeed. When one feels their
place in the universe, one realizes that problems are not as big as
first thought. It's in the perception about the grandness of
nature that time changes away from the time that is on the man-made
clock, and onto nature's clock.
Nature's clock can be much more forgiving than man's clock. It
seems that where nature is more celebrated, nature's clock is used
as well. An example would be a "New York minute". Have
you ever stood on a busy Manhattan street? Other than the few
carefully planted trees, there's not a spot of nature to be seen
unless you look way up in the sky past the skyscrapers. On the
other hand we have the Hawaiian Islands, where time is slower, and
no one minds if you're an hour or two late. Are you really
late? Probably not, because you move more to nature's rhythm.
There are so
many ways to enjoy nature.
walk - Any
exercise is good for your body, but when it's done in a
natural setting it takes your mind off of your day to day
thoughts and puts them onto the beauty of nature, which is a
Put together a basket of fruits, raw veggies and lemon water and take them
to the park or beach. This is really enjoying nature to
the fullest. When you absorb nature through all of your
senses, it reinforces positive behavior. The more you
eat a natural diet the less you crave un-natural food.
Our bodies naturally crave what is good for us to give us the
nutrients that we need. It's only when we feed it a
constant diet of un-natural food that it becomes un-natural in
Run, jump, do cartwheels, do whatever brings out the inner
child in you. Do you remember how natural it was to play
when you were a child? You were even encouraged to do
so, how many times did the adults say to you "Go play"?
Who encourages us now? It's really up to us to be in
the moment, and know when the moment is to just... play.
Get a friend and go play with a Frisbee, jump rope, or start
an impromptu softball game. Even though we are getting
exercise, playing can be one of the most mentally relaxing
things that we can do.
Art- Creating art in itself is an extremely relaxing thing
to do. Creating art in a natural setting is taking it to
a whole new level. When was the last time you built a
sand castle, or made tiny rocks or shells into a picture?
This may fall into the category of play, but who cares?
Create something out of nothing, it's fun, free, and no one
has to see it but you. So it really doesn't matter what
anyone else thinks. Everyone can be an artist.
Whether you meditate, pray or do some other form of mental
our idea here), it's a healthy thing to
do. Peace of mind is yours for the taking by practicing
stillness within yourself. Take nice long breathes and
fill yourself with the feelings of love and wholeness.
This can be done while you are stopped at a traffic light,
standing in line at a grocery store, or while sitting in the
middle of an open field filled with the sounds of birds and
breezes. We are the only ones that can control our
bodies at any given moment. Nature is a powerful thing,
and we are natural beings. Accept this power into your
Bringing nature into your life on a daily basis can only improve
your frame of mind and invigorate your body's natural healing
powers. Not all of us have the benefit of living in a natural
environment. But there are things that you can do to bring the
powers of nature to you. Just by bringing the sounds of nature
into your house, you can add pleasure to your senses. Nowadays
we have many options when it comes to
soundtracks. If you prefer soft music mixed with nature
sounds, there is that option available as well. Wind chimes,
waterfalls, these are pleasant and relaxing sounds that can make you
feel calmer and more in touch with nature without even leaving the
house. Incorporating nature into the house is a very positive
thing that you can do.
you are someone that is able to grow plants, you already know how
beneficial they can be. The nurturing that we give to the
plants comes back to us tenfold. Just living with them makes
life more enjoyable. But they also help us by filtering the air that
we breathe. Quality time spent tending plants, is quality time
nurturing ourselves. It's also one more way that we can
connect with nature.