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Several years ago I picked up a book titled Handbook For The Soul, a collection of essays by several luminaries in the field of psychology. Each author was asked to share his thoughts on the soulgrowth process. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the majority of contributors made reference to the importance of taking time to reconnect with nature: walks in the woods, strolling through a park, gazing at the stars, sitting on the beach, or strolling in a primeval forest. Moreover, nature holds a special sacredness that man cannot replicate but can only appreciate. Ageless wisdom reminds us that reconnecting to nature is essential to the health of the human spirit; after all, we are earthlings, not techlings.
At the onset, immersing yourself in nature does two things. First, when you step outside and look around, you cannot help but be aware of the wonders of creation, the varieties of species, the majesty of the mountains, and the vastness of the ocean. Nature is simply amazing. No matter how great virtual technology is, it will never equal the simplicity, the complexity, or the beauty of the natural world. Nor will a steady diet of the Discovery Channel or Animal Planet equal quality time outdoors. Second, reconnecting with nature gives us a powerful sense of perspective and of our humble, yet essential, place in the world. All problems are reduced to their correct proportion. Furthermore, if we look close enough, we are reminded of the balance of nature and the flow of earth's seasons. With this comes a subtle promise that no matter how bad any situation is, it, too, shall pass.
Being in balance with nature means more than mowing the lawn or planting flowers in your garden each spring. It means recognizing that you are a part of the natural environment, not separate from it, and it is a part of you. Research in the field of circadian rhythms reveals that like the earth itself, our bodies operate on a twenty four- to-twenty - five-hour clock. Our physiology is genetically programmed to the earth, the sun, and the moon... Nature isn’t something to dominate or ignore. Rather, it is a dynamic force with which to connect. Reconnecting with nature includes everything from getting out in the woods (preferably, without the cell phone) as often as possible, to knowing what phase the moon is in at any given time of the month. It means living in rhythm with the seasons.
Humans have always lived in balance with nature. Sadly, today many people have lost this vital connection. They seem afraid to be in nature. It doesn’t have to be this way. Finding a balance between technology and nature comes down to learning to pace yourself. This means taking time to unplug from the computers, the cell phones... and spend adequate periods of time in the beautiful world of nature. Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart, Wiley India.