The Nature Connection
Getting out in nature is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. Unfortunately the numbers of outdoor enthusiasts is dwindling with the growing technological craze. A fact that cannot be taken lightly.
There has been quite a lot of research done over the years on nature and the effects on the human psyche. Numerous experimental psychology studies have linked exposure to nature with increased energy and heightened sense of wellbeing. As Richard Ryan, there lead author and
professor of psychology at the University of Rochester states,”Nature is fuel for the soul, ” He says “Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature.”
Heidi Wirtz, founder and owner of Earth Play Retreats says ~ “I know exactly what he is talking about, I would have to say that over the years of my life I do notice a huge difference between even days that I don’t get outside, which are rare, and days that I am out in nature. My mood is definitely better when I am out playing and even when I get home after being outside. ” “We have a natural connection with living things,” says Ryan. “Nature is something within which we flourish, so having it be more a part of our lives is critical, especially when we live and work in built environments.”
This all being said, Heidi would strongly suggest that all of you get outside everyday if you can. Even if that is just for a short walk, sitting under a tree, stopping to smell a flower or joining us on an Earth Play Retreat. We need to remember how important nature is, not just as a playground, but for our souls and for the generations to come. We need to spread the word, become advocates, take care of our planet so that we all can find more peace in our lives and continue to feed off the fuel of nature