Throughout time and culture, nature seems to play a very valuable role in our ability to renew and refresh our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It is truly a multi-sensory experience. Every culture in one form or another seems to place value on being surrounded with nature, or spending time in nature. Just look at the Japanese and English gardens to know this. Also, in years gone by; nature was the place of worship.
In nature, we can truly let go of our hectic and busy lives; it gives our minds the opportunity to be clear of distractions, and to let go of the cares of our business worlds. Our senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and even taste can be heightened, developed, and very open in nature; as we listen to the song of wind and water, experience the textures of earth and trees, and feast of vistas and brilliant colors. There is nothing like the smell of vanilla and butterscotch flavors from a pine tree.
I did a study in my college years on how being in nature can restore our senses. The color pallet of browns and greens coming from the natural environment could actually improve our senses, particularly our eyesight. My optometrist asked for a copy of that study after observing the results for himself; after I moved to a small town with lots of nature, and there was a significant improvement in my eyesight
However, can nature also be our therapist? Debra Taylor believes that walking through nature is one of the best ways for us to clear out issues that we are dealing with; and come to solutions for what we are struggling with. She feels that walking in nature can facilitate great transformation.
As for myself, I find nature to be one of the greatest teachers that we have. Solutions to how to live a rewarding life can be learned by observing nature. It has often times given me insights and answers to how to work with someone, or how to be in a situation. My experience is that people not only release quite easily by being in nature but that they open and learn very easily from nature. My thought is that a great part of this is because it uses all of our senses and all parts of our self to be in nature. It requires us to be present, and the more of our senses and aspects of ourselves that are used when releasing and learning things; the more lasting the results will be for us as well.
What experiences have you had with nature? How has nature affected your life? What has nature taught you, or helped you to release?
Jesse Ann Nichols George
Integrated Development Specialist
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