Connecting With Nature This Summer
With warmer weather on the way, the ability to go outside for fresh air and sun rays grows fast! If you are a local to Idaho you are never too far from nature. If you reside elsewhere, there are other methods of getting into touch with the natural and gaining the benefits of grounding, peace, and a general sense of oneness.
The easiest and often overlooked method of practice for this is simply stepping outside. The strength of the sun combined with the warmth it radiates has the power to release serotonin in the body. This can promote mood stability, emotional stability, and is generally associated as "the feel good chemical". Also keeping note of safety, remember to use sunblock as needed or if you are prone to sunburns.
If you have grass or can find a local park that does, another great method for connection with the earth is to enjoy walking in grass barefoot / sitting and touching the grass. The benefits from grass walking and or touching may seem far fetched but the recorded outcomes have come as insomnia control, improved eyesight, stress relief, and many more. Green is a calming color to the mind and grass is often found right outside your door. In some inner city office business' it is becoming more popular for an entire staff force to go outside and find grass and or trees to touch and spend time with due to the lack of nature.
The examples stated above are just a few examples of the infinite doorways to "connecting with your roots". You can do the same things with safe bodies of water, desert type landscapes or other geographically different environments. Even small plants for your living and working spaces can provide similar effects!
" Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better"
- Albert Einstein
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