Over the years, I’ve informally polled thousands of people about the things they do to take care of themselves. Going out into nature is at the top of the list. This week, make a plan with family or friends to spend a day hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, sitting by a lake or a stream, camping out in a tent under the stars, cooking over an open fire, or whatever you can all agree on.
Even on days when you have to be inside, take a few breaks to walk around the block or even to look out the window. One research study found that people whose hospital rooms overlooked nature healed faster than those whose view was of a parking lot.
So, if your window does overlook a parking lot, get a plant and put it on the sill. Tend it with care. Enjoy each new leaf as it unfolds. Nature can sustain you and bring you peace, even when it’s working its magic from a pot. Nature awakens deadened senses. It has the power to bring you back to life again.
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Go Out Into Nature and Find Peace
Written by Joan Borysenko.
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