Newsletter Tip #30: Joy in Nature

“You cannot go against nature
because when you do,
Go against nature
it’s a part of nature too.”
– Love and Rockets, “No New Tale to Tell.”

Prescription: Nature.

Nature is a great, often underutilized tool for easing our minds. During the 18th and 19th centuries doctors routinely prescribed walks in nature or outdoor trips to their patients who were anxious, depressed or suffering with physiological ailments.

Nature as a prescription has been gaining steam in the medical community over the past few years.  With the added stress of the virus, social distancing and the fact that nature is making a comeback (Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years.”- LL Cool J) now is perfect time for some shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in nature through our senses.  I’ve seen it in my own daily walks and many of you have reported similar experiences in your own interactions with nature (along with the awesome images from your walks below).

My tip for the day is to take a moment to soak up nature any way you can right now. If you are unable to get to nature, perhaps be like the group member, Dusty, who has started an orchid collection during this time (see below for some of his pictures), and bring nature home to you.

Best wishes,

Ben

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