When you look back an indigenous languages and cultures you’ll find that many don’t have a word for nature. They saw no need for it – we, after all, are as much nature as the trees, the birds, the flowers, the insects, the sky etc etc. Giving it a name differentiates something from us. No matter where in the world you live now – your ancestors would have understood this only too well – they lived very much in harmony with the natural world around them.
In the history of mankind, it’s only really been since the industrial revolution that we’ve started to really have a disconnect with nature. Some have treated it as a commodity and as such we’ve seen declines in numbers of so many species of wildlife. That’s one of the reasons why we came about as a charity – we want to show how we can all live in harmony with the natural world. Part of that is showing how we can reconnect with nature.
Here’s our top 5 ways of connecting with nature – no matter where in the world you are:
- Walk barefoot on the earth – not only will you physically feel that connection, it will also help reduce stress levels, improve your metabolic function, boost your immune system and balance hormones.
- Plant some seeds – nurture them and watch them grow. You’ll feel connected and grounded through the process. If they are for fruit or vegetables – eating them when ripe will also offer you essential vitamins and minerals.
- Take a walk – whether in a local park, a tree lined avenue, a woodland, a beach or in the hills. Take time to notice all the nature that surrounds you. If you’d like some inspiration on where to walk – check out the routes on The Outdoor Guide.
- Sign up for some nature therapy – also known as forest bathing or Shinrin Yoku, this is a guided mindfulness practice that will help you connect to the nature that is both in and around you. Find out more from our friend The Eco Monkey (and 10% from each session fee is donated back to us!).
- Feed your garden birds – looking after the wildlife that’s right on your doorstep is a great place to start. You can read our blog post for more information.
Not only is nature connection good for the planet – it’s good for our physical, mental and emotional health too.
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