It started about a month ago – at around 5:30 every morning, I’d wake to the song of a songbird. It isn’t my habit to wake at 5:30 – I work quite late – but that’s been the pattern for the last month. If it bothered me a lot, I could plug my ears – or sleep on my right ‘good’ ear, but, if I’m honest, I’d rather listen to the songbird.
It’s joyful. It begins my day with a sense of being connected to the rest of the world in a really lovely way.
We humans are natural, not separate from the rest of Nature. It’s our birthright to be in Nature. In fact, not being in Nature, science is discovering, leads to poor health. Clear oxygenated air from plants and trees, vitamin D from the sun, unpolluted stream water full of needed minerals and even Vitamin B12 are a tiny part of what keeps us healthy when we’re in Nature.
I’ve heard it said that it’s impossible to be depressed in the middle of a forest grove, or a mountain meadow. It’s definitely impossible for me!
Even within the restrictions of COVID, we can all touch Nature and gain that nourishing and healing connection that it offers. Even if it’s the song of a songbird early in the morning.
Prescribing Nature for health
Quote of the Week
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein
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