Another season comes to a close… Did you do some of the things on your summer to-do list? Don’t fret – there’s still time. Be sure to unplug and get some time outdoors. Here’s why:
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” ~ Albert Einstein
Without doubt, spending time in nature calms a busy mind and creates feelings of inner peace. In a world caught up by social pressures, standards of behavior, and the demands of daily routines, nature gives us a chance to appreciate a grander sense of meaning. In nature we are reminded that the world is alive, fascinating and significant.
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” ~ John Burroughs
When in nature, we are unraveling the landscapes, obstacles, and surroundings, and by observing the ever-changing environments in nature, we renew attention, mindfulness, and sensory awareness.
“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you… while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~ John Muir
Spending time in nature has been linked to improved attention spans (short and long-term), boosts in serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) and shows increased activity in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, emotional stability, and love (whereas urban environments do the same for fear and anxiety). [paragraph from “Appalachian Trails”]
Find the time to unplug from your devices and plug into nature.