"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!

24.4.13

Spend time in Nature #Earth Day #Simple Living in Practice

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Spring Woods

Earth Day was this Monday and I hope you not only decide to do your part to take care of the earth, but that you got yourself out into nature and enjoy the earth.

Why spend time in the woods?

1) Spending time in nature is relaxing. It lowers your blood pressure and gives your brain a break from the fast pace of our technological life that moves at a gazillion bytes per second. 

2) Spending time in nature is  aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes if I look really closely at a flower, or a leaf, and when I really LOOK at the design and detail of it: I am in awe. We cannot make anything artificially that truly compares to the wonder of natural design.

3) Spending time in nature is healthy. I mentioned that it lowers your blood pressure; well, it also improves your immune system. Being in the woods can raise your white blood cell count. The smell of greens, the sunlight, the calming sounds all contribute to an overall healing effect on your body.

4) Spending time in nature is fun. When I've walked around a track I would get bored and give up exercising. I walk in the woods now, sometimes for over an hour, and I don't even realize how much I've exercised because it is so much fun to explore the sights and sounds along the trail. If you don't have woods in your area, get yourself over to a park. When I lived in NYC I found walking in Central Park to be just as interesting, sometimes a lot more, than walking on a trail in the woods.

5) Spending time in nature is good for your soul.  If you are quiet and mindful as you explore nature it will talk to your being. It will help inspire your spirituality, whatever your personal belief system is... it will be enhanced by the time you spend in the glory of the natural world. 

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9 comments:

  1. I experience spirituality more fully when I'm outdoors - more than any other time and I feel fully alive. The more remote the better.
    Dan @ ZenPresence

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  2. It's been a long time since I've really gotten into nature like you describe. I know as a kid our 50acres of woods was my solace. Had a bad day at school - I went walking in the woods. Mad at my brothers - took off to the woods.
    I always came back feeling so much better! Thanks for the reminder to get out.

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    1. Oh, I did the same thing... we only had a little area that was undeveloped but I would go there to restore myself. Sadly that spot has condos on it now. Were I grew up is so urban now.

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  3. That's fascinating about the increasing your white blood count. I had no idea, but I love that as an excuse. It's still in the low 40s and grey and windy in Chicago, but I have my fingers crossed that it will warm up soon and we'll be able to spend more time outside. I DO really miss my walks in the woods!

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    1. Do you know the Scandinavian saying, "There is no bad weather only bad clothing." Bundle up and get out there... though the wind can be pretty intense in your neck of the woods.

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  4. Every one of your points about spending time in and with nature is so true Diane! That's why I moved to the countryside 8 years ago. Moments spent 'out here' are the best moments for my serenity and peace of mind!

    Happy Spring, my friend,
    Roz

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    1. I'm with you Roz... I've thought about moving back to NYC a few times but everything I return from being there I just have a desire to run to an open field.

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  5. I couldn't get to the park but I picked up paper that was in my neighborhood. It was very soothing but a hike at the Indiana Sand Dunes would have been better.

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