This week, we’re exploring the Earth as our home. Gary Snyder, a poet and environmental activist, reflects on our relationship with nature with the following:
Nature’s beauty sometimes escapes our attention as we spend hours on end with our noses buried into our phones, and as of late, A LOT of time in our homes. Whether we live by the countryside or in a concrete jungle, nothing compares to spending time roaming dirt pathways in the park or wiggling your toes in the sand on a gorgeous summer day. 🌞It’s up to us to seek these moments out – after all, we live in a world of natural magic!
Nature does wonders for our mental well-being (in addition to EVERYTHING else it provides). Research demonstrates that one of the greatest symbiotic relationships we have is with the Earth, and the research demonstrates this.
In a study conducted in Japan, participants took equally distanced walks, one in the city, and one in a forest. Their heart rate, heart rate variability, blood pressure, and mood were all monitored throughout. The study showed that walking in nature reduced stress and resulted in a better overall mood for the participants. Spending time in nature, even through small interactions, can make us happier, more relaxed, and grounded.
If you’re feeling trapped indoors, unplugging (from our screens) and enjoying some time outside might be helpful in building our relationship with nature. When we appreciate nature’s beauty and healing powers, it becomes even more important to protect it. Because, at the end of the day, the Earth is our home. 🏠
We'd love to hear from you!
Do you regularly spend time with nature? How do you care for the Earth? What are some of your favorite outdoor spots to visit when you’re feeling stressed or anxious?
📖 Nature May Be The Antidote to Our Modern Way of Life (6 min) (6 mins): In this article, The School of Life dives into the therapeutic benefits of interacting with nature by highlighting five specific themes.
🎥 This Is Your Brain on Nature (18 mins): Marine biologist Tierney Thys, inventor Tan Le, and forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni explain how nature engages our brains in addition to many benefits that come with spending time in nature.
That's all for now. Have an inspired week ahead :)
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