Research gives strong support to something we know from our own experience: contact with the natural environment can be powerfully restorative to our well-being. Prisoners who can look out of their cells get sick less often, and patients in hospitals recover more quickly when their view is of greenery rather than concrete.
In developing a context that supports us in working for our world, we need to include contact with nature. There is something more fundamental here than the feel-good factor of pleasant scenery. Particularly for those living in cities, it is easy to lose touch with the biological reality that we arise out of nature and are part of it.
While indigenous peoples recognize that our very survival depends on the healthy functioning of the natural world, it is only recently that we’ve gained a scientific understanding of how true this really is. When we carry within us a deep appreciation of how our life is sustained by other living beings, we strengthen our desire to give back.
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Plugging in to the Roots of Nature: Connectedness with All Life
Written by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone.
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