Why Nature is Vital to our Well Being

Jul 25, 2014 by

Why Nature is Vital to our Well Being

Man is about 2 million years old, most of his life has been lived in nature with his bare feet connecting and grounding him to the vital life force of the earth.

But modern civilization is causing an unhealthy disconnect. Today we wear thick soled shoes, dark sunglasses to block the rays from the sun, walk mostly on pavement, and spend much of our time indoors as our body’s are bombarded by unhealthy positive ions from TV, computer, refrigerator, cell phone, and other home electronics.

This modern civilization provides some wonderful conveniences that make life easier for all of us. But it also keeps us away from being a natural conduit that ground our bodies with healthy negative ions that we need for our mental, emotional, and physical well being.  Going into nature is like hitting the “reset button” for our mind and body.  It reinvigorates our senses.

There are a few ways to ground one self with negative ions:

  • walk bare foot in the sand where it meets the ocean,
  • walk bare foot on the earth,
  • walk bare foot in grass (preferably when dewey),
  • walk bare foot on unsealed concrete.

If we do NOT do this on a regular basis, we slowly lose connectivity to our life force, and begin to feel run down, lethargic, low energy, and depressed, without knowing why.

Communing and connecting with nature gives us everything we need to live a balanced life and enhanced well being.

Hiking is another way to reconnect to our life force.  It grounds us, gives us a huge dose of negative ions, and it teaches us how to set goals and achieve them, which becomes a metaphor for life’s everyday challenges.

When we set out to hike up a mountain that we think our body is unable to conquer, and we witness our body struggle, sweat, pushed to it’s absolute limits, yet we continue on, and reach the top; the mental high that we feel is palpable, and reminds us that we can do more than we think we can in this modern world.

We begin to reset our minds into the thought pattern of, “if I can do this, I can achieve anything in my life”.

My favorite quote:
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order”

-John Burroughs

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