There are a lot of studies out there about the benefits of getting out into nature. We could read all about it, but it’s really pretty simple.
It doesn’t have to be a trek in the wilderness. Just walking along and looking at the sky will do it or sitting in a city park. Apparently, even virtual viewing of nature works, but I prefer the old-fashioned way of actually being in nature.
I have to ask myself why we need the studies. Why do we need quantifiable proof? Can’t we just feel it for ourselves?
The intuitive need to be in nature is there, deep down, but some of us just need to wake it up.
Mostly Wordless Wednesday…Nature Healing
Step outside. Sniff the air. Look up into the sky. Oh look! An actual bird. Yup, I feel better all the way around.
Go for a walk. Check out the sunset. Hug a tree. It just feels good.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more. (Lord Byron)
Back to the studies…
In case you’re wondering, those studies have pretty much got everything covered. Nature is wonderful for the mind, body, and soul. All the stuff we’re always wringing our hands about improving, strengthening, and deepening.
So what have you got to lose by stepping outside? Nothing.
And everything to gain.