Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
John Muir

Nature

Ayurveda emphasizes that our environment affects our health and that we should live in balance with the natural rhythms of nature. The climate, seasons and even the time of the day are all taken into consideration when implementing an Ayurvedic lifestyle.​​

However today, many people experience a complete disconnection from nature.  Green areas are decreasing and most city skies have become virtually empty of stars due to light pollution. New technology is amazing, but with increasing digital gadgets both children and adults spend less time outdoors.  In fact, more young children can play a computer game and open a web browser than swim or ride a bike.

​Spending time in nature reduces stress, boosts our immune system and stimulates healing, but our progressively busy lifestyles are increasing our stress levels and decreasing the time we spend outdoors. 

Richard Louv author of Last Child in the Woods has coined the term 'nature-deficit disorder' to refer to human beings spending less time outdoors, and speculates that it is a contributing factor to rises in obesity, anxiety, attention disorders and depression.  Louv is not alone in his opinion.  Research examining the positive impact spending time in Nature has on our physical and mental health is increasingly growing.  

In one study, participants who were just shown pictures of green scenery increased their stress recovery rate by 55 percent.  Another study done on high school academic performance found that access to nature has a direct correlation with lower stress and higher attentional function. A study led by University of Rochester psychologist Netta Weinstein suggests that those who feel a strong connection to the natural world have a more caring attitude toward others, and other research shows that play in a natural environment reduces or even eliminates bullying.  The research that is validating the benefits of spending time in Nature is growing, and it's exciting to see the importance of connecting to Nature being validated through science.
 

  • Adopt a cat, dog or other animal.  If you can't adopt volunteer at a shelter.
  • Unplug from electronics one day a week.
  • Garden
  • Bring the outdoors inside with house plants. 
  • Participate in community clean up events, or dedicate a day yourself for picking up litter in your community.
  • Keep a journal outlining how the weather, seasons and even the phases of the moon affect your mood.
  • Spend Time Outdoors
  •  Recreate/Play Outdoors
         - backpack, camp, hike, ski, bike, paddle board, kayak, fish, bird watch,
            play with your dog
  • Relax Outdoors 
         - sit in a hammock to read a book, eat dinner on your porch, go for a walk
We have an important relationship to the natural world around us, this is obvious in even the simplest of science such as the knowledge that the oxygen we breath is a byproduct of the plants as they go through their life process of photosynthesis, and that the carbon dioxide we exhale is exactly what plants require to live.  When we become more aware of and start to honor our relationship with nature we create a paradigm shift that moves us from a mechanistic worldview to a holistic ecological view.  ​​​​

Author, physicist and system theorist, Fritjof Capra, shares in his book The Web of Life that the more we study the major problems of our time, the more we come to realize that they cannot be understood in isolation, but that they are systemic problems, which means that they are interconnected and interdependent.  He encourages the adoption of a holistic worldview, seeing the world as an integrated whole rather than a dissociated collection of parts.        

llness can also not be completely understood in isolation; it too is a systemic problem.  Our level of health is not merely determined by exercising and eating right.  Our mental, emotional, social, spiritual and even environmental health along with our connection to nature all play a role in our ability to experience greater well-being.  By implementing an Ayurvedic lifestyle routine you will be creating a stronger connection to Nature by incorporating your environment, the climate, season and even time of day into your health plan. 

Along with adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle here are some other activities you can try to help reconnect with Nature:

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 our 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