The healing powers of nature is abundant. Imagine for a moment immersing your feet in the stillness of a creek. Your first sensation is a thunderbolt of icy cold water. As you begin to acclimate to the chilly temperature, you feel the different textures of the rocks and pebbles as they gently massage your feet. The sun cascades over your body, penetrating the very depths of your soul. The birds sing in perfect harmony, uplifting your spirit. You feel a sense of calmness, a deeper connection to nature and to yourself.
As a 70’s child nature was my playground. My mom always took my sister and I to the beach, hiking in the foothills or we’d enjoy a simple picnic in the park. It deeply saddens me that in today’s world everyone is glued to their electronics, even small children. People are so focused on keeping up with the Jones’s they have lost sight of what truly matters.
The Healing Powers of Nature
Living with depression has been a monumental part of my life. If I’m not careful it tries to weigh me down to the point of no return. Exploring the miracles of nature soothes my spirit and clears my mind of all the unnecessary rubbish I hold on to. Whether I’m taking a stroll through the city park or trekking through the mountains, feelings of happiness and peace cleanse my soul.
I came across a study from Glasgow University that discusses the mood lifting advantages of being in nature. If you suffer from depression or emotions of helplessness nature is an immeasurable gift. Spend some time in the great outdoors and discover the healing powers of nature for yourself.
I used to babysit my niece when she was a small child. She would habitually ask me if we could take a walk in the forest. Each day we would walk the trail and she would pick up pinecones, small rocks, twigs and leaves to bring back to the house. Once we were back home, she would create a masterpiece out of the gifts she found. Her creativity soared as she would paint, glue, and draw her works of art.
Nature’s inspiration isn’t only reserved for the young. We can all benefit from the creativity nature inspires. My imagination blossoms from the earth beneath my feet, the intricacy of a spider’s web, the beauty of flora or the sounds of a babbling brook. Nature stimulates my creativity in ways that sitting in front of my computer can’t achieve.
Absorbing the sights, sounds and smells of nature gives us a wholesome understanding of our world and of ourselves. Mother earth enriches our senses, feeling, thoughts and our connection to those we love.
Each moment I spend outdoors, I am overwhelmed with wonderment. I observe a deeper connection to nature when I run my fingers along the bark of a tree or inhale the lovely fragrance of a flower. I feel an in-depth attachment to those around me.
Advocates Physical Activity and Engagement
Spending time in nature encourages us to be active on a physical, social, and spiritual level. Strolling through nature helps our bodies become stronger, more energetic and promotes a healthy metabolism. It offsets the feelings of isolation, anger, and anxiety. Nature soothes our souls.
In my grandma’s later years, she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. I moved in with my grandparents so I could help care for her. I bathed her, dressed her, combed her hair, and tried to make her life as pleasant as possible.
We took small walks outside every day. The outdoors was special to us. This was the only time her eyes would light up and a smile beamed across her face. She usually said to me “I don’t know who you are but let’s smell the flowers together”. Nature brings us closer together, even if it’s just for a moment.
What healing powers of nature have you experienced? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.