When we get in touch with nature, we may find that we feel a deep sense of calm and well-being. Research has confirmed what many people have observed: nature has healing energies. Do you enjoy being in the woods? Studies show we can experience health and psychological benefits if we spend time in such places…

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Did you know that natural sounds such as the wind swooshing through trees and water softly sloshing against the shore of a lake can actually cause your nervous system to switch into a repair mode, relaxing you? And according to scientific research, you can achieve the same effect merely by listening to recordings of natural sounds.…

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Striving for excellence can lead to very satisfying achievements, but when is enough enough? Do you really need more money, more praise, more attention, or a greater sense of control? When does perfectionism start to diminish your joy and distract you from the reason you chose a goal in the first place? Would being less…

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Feeling angry and stressed out by what is going on in the world and your life? Simply watching nature videos might help. Research shows that inmates in a maximum-security prison were less aggressive and violent after being allowed to view videos of natural scenes such as oceans, aquariums, and forests. Aggression and anger put stress on the…

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Walk through a forest and your body and mind will soon reflect that you are free of electronics, artificial light, mechanical noises, and constant distractions that invisibly raise your stress levels and cause you to jump from thought to thought. Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku as it’s called in Japan, is a practice of taking time to enjoy…

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Spending time in nature offers many health benefits. It reduces your amount of stress hormones, bathes you in sunlight that raises your vitamin D levels, and seems to reduce the risk of developing nearsightedness. Some physicians are even prescribing nature walks for their patients, as a USA Today article points out. Nature seems to recalibrate us, bringing us…

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Many different wisdom traditions have recognized that natural spaces can affect people’s energy in particular ways. Are you sensitive enough to recognize the subtle changes in energy as you walk from one area to another, such as across a meadow or along a beach? Can you identify spots that have healing powers? If not, you…

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Our stories are the way we understand our experiences. Just as you have a story of your life, you have a story of your health. What is it? “I just want my health problems fixed so I can get back to my old life”? Or perhaps “I don’t have time to eat right, get enough…

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