Utilise the Healing Power of NATURE to Soothe One’s Senses

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

― Gary Snyder

ZEN of NATUREIn his 1836 essay Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote of the beauty, solitude and healing powers of submersing oneself in nature. “In the woods, I feel that nothing can befall me which nature cannot repair.”

“To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food. In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.”

 Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.
— Albert Einstein

There is much written about the healing benefits of all aspects of nature – one has to remove oneself from the city environments to appreciate and take in all that is offered. Our fast paced modern world tends to prohibit a large majority of people from even going for a walk in their local parks and gardens. This is a crying shame, and a huge detriment to the health of our society.

Japan’s two major religions, Buddhism and Shintoism, consider forests mystical. “For Zen Buddhists, scripture is written in the landscape,” writes Dr. Qing Li, in his book Forest Bathing. “In Shinto, the spirits are not separate from nature, they are in it. They are in the trees, in the rocks, in the breeze, the stream, the waterfall.

This book is a definitive guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or the art and science of how trees can promote health and happiness Dr. Qing Li is the world’s foremost expert in forest medicine.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
— Albert Einstein
As long as there are practitioners who go to the forest to practice, the way of the awakened ones will never die.
~ Buddha

 

It is not only the natural beauty that is healing, but also the sounds and smells of nature.

Nature Heals

Being outdoors offers one the very best Aromatherapy available, whilst the symphony of sounds of birds, animals and the trees is soothing music that calms thoughts and dispels confusion. The very smell of nature creates an antidepressant affect upon one’s being, providing immense relief from stress and nervous tension. What makes rain smell so good?  A mixture of plant oils, bacterial spores and ozone is responsible for the powerful scent of fresh rain. In fact, there is a word that, back in 1964, Australia’s CSIRO coined specifically for this.
The word is “petrichor”, and it’s used to describe the distinct scent of rain in the air. Or, to be more precise, it’s the name of an oil that’s released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall.
This heady smell of oncoming wet weather is something most Australians would be familiar with – in fact, some scientists now suggest that humans inherited an affection for the smell from ancestors who relied on rainy weather for their survival.

The pair of Australian CSIRO scientists (Isabel Joy Bear and R. G. Thomas) coined the term petrichor to help explain the phenomenon, combining a pair of Greek roots: petra (stone) and ichor (the ethereal blood of gods in ancient myth).

 

Mother Nature is truly Healing

1 week in nature

Modern society has so filled our lives with technology, electronics, social media, stress, and fast paced life styles that people have become dissociated with nature and rarely, if ever, take the time to commune with the gifts Mother Nature has bestowed upon us.

 

DID YOU KNOW? …..
For those who have trouble sleeping, researchers say that 1 week in nature,  without electronics, resets our biological  body clock and synchronises our melatonin hormones, due to exposure to sunrise and sunset.

When you are outdoors, you are allowing your body to breath in fresh air and soak up vitamin D from the sun. You are exercising your body as you keep moving, which benefits mind, body and spirit. The enjoyable companionship of birds, butterflies, bees and other creatures envelops you. This all allows your tensions to melt away. The sounds of silence in nature is very meditative.

 

Miracles are Made in Nature

The simple process is merely to leave the confines of your restrictive and bustling life, find a secluded area of parkland, or wilderness if possible, and you can begin to heal yourself. The research into the impressive benefits of forest medicine catalogued by physician Qing Li in his book Forest Bathing, shows that trees really do have healing powers. Not only do they release antimicrobial essential oils that benefit trees, they also have a host of health benefits for people. The oils boost mood and immune system function; reduce blood pressure, heart rate, stress, anxiety, and confusion; improve sleep and creativity; and may even help fight cancer and depression.

The tonics freely given by the forest medicine of Nature to all of your senses will be the most accessible, inexpensive health care available. Enveloping yourself amongst the awesome beauty and stillness, life seems more simple. You will feel better both physically and emotionally, without making any effort.

A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but the striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
— Albert Einstein

 

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