“For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils!”
These heartfelt ponderings by the then poet William Wordworth are just another reflection of our deep appreciation for nature. What is it about the essence of a countryside that soothes our soul to no end?
Is it the slip of a dewdrop from a morning frond, or the lavish colours of the evening skies, or the unabashed twitter of birds in the fields, or simply the way soft earth feels to our feet?
What is it that YOU love most about the natural landscapes?
Today, a hustling and bustling city living is making us suffer from chronic ‘errand paralysis’ – we think we should always be working.
Constant stimulations of blaring horns, poisonous air, surging inflation, instantly gratifying junk diets and addictive digital gadgets are leading to great physical and mental health meltdowns.
We are all at a higher risk of weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, burnout, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and several other lifestyle disorders.
“Statistics say that by 2021 India will have the largest cardiovascular disease burden in the world”
How can we transcend these health adversities? How can we slow down our breaths into awareness of our bodies?
They say thriving amongst Natural Spaces is our evolutionary shield against discords of fast-paced urbanity. What say?
Here is sound boarding some benefits of ‘Nature Living’:
Living in the lap of bowers and trees provides an oxygen-rich environment, that is rejuvenating and health-affirming. Can Deep Breathing or Power Walking in such a setting vitalize one’s body and spirit?
There is a crucial link between spending time outdoors and how physically active we are. Walking, running, or exercising for as little as five minutes is found to improve mood and sense of self-esteem.
There is a lot to learn from every interaction in Nature. From a flower bud patiently unfurling to a dead insect finding his way back to the soil, through scavenging ants. Quite spiritual, isn’t it? ‘Forest Bathing’ – also known as ‘Shirin Yoku’ in Japan – is a healing practice of
spending time in nature, observing it using all of one’s senses.
Being in natural surrounding boosts Creativity and Lateral Thinking prowess. Have you noticed Painters and Photographers finding their inspirations in panoramic views of natural habitats? Creativity and happy hormones go together!
Farming, Gardening, and interacting with Farm Animals has a great impact on physical well-being. An organic farming experience encourages healthy eating habits.
“Soil bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae, is well documented as positively influencing the moods and immune systems of gardeners encountering it during gardening activities.”
Nature living thus helps us feel good and do good.
The 19th century philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once rightly wrote about Nature,