“Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child.” Edna Jaques
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like waterfalls… What is it about them that is so alluring, attractive, and peaceful? The sound of the running water is like a Xanax, my thinking slows, I remember to breathe, and the powerful cascade acts as a meditation. Nature has a way of putting things into perspective. Any problem I think I have gets smaller. I can just be for a little while surrounded by fresh air. I am not the first or the last to note the healing wisdom of being outside.
“Believe one who knows: you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.” Saint Bernard de Clairvaux
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy amidst the simple beauty of nature. …I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” Anne Frank
For the month of May I am partaking in the 30×30 Challenge! Please Join me! 30 minutes a day for 30 days in nature, starting May 1st! (The Challenge says it is for Canadians, but lets get this idea to spread!).
“It is well documented that being regularly immersed in a natural setting, like a park, field or forest, can lower blood pressure, anxiety and stress levels, and boost immunity. ‘Green time’ has also been shown to reduce feelings of anger and depression, while increasing energy, creativity and even generosity.” Read more: 30 x 30 Challenge.