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The Healing Power of Nature

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks. ~ John Muir

Although it is still cold here, spring is clearly present.

Although it is still cold here in the Sierra foothills, spring is here. There is a lot going on in my life, and if I look for beauty, my load seems lighter. Nature provides endless solace.

Nature is a strong force and a powerful source of healing. Have you ever been having, “one of those days” where everything is going wrong? Then you happened to step outside, and were dazzled by billowy clouds or the scent of flowers bursting all around you? These moments seem to create a momentary respite from what ails us.

People in Japan are encouraged to walk in the woods in forest therapy centers, participating in shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. Japanese researchers studied the health benefits of spending time in nature, and found clear benefits to those who walked in the woods compared to urban walkers. Nature walkers had lower stress hormones, blood pressure and heart rates; they also had increased immune chemicals.

Today, instead of thinking about whatever weighs on you, immerse yourself in nature.  If you can’t go forest bathing, stroll in a place of natural beauty, such as a park, garden, or near water. Appreciate nature’s beauty and feel nature’s healing power.

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