Why Spending Time Outdoors Will Simplify Your Life

Think back to the last time you spent some quality time in nature. I mean, really lingered there. Where were you? What did you do? Did you sit among a sea of grasses and listen to the blades softly sway against each other? Did you stand tall on a mountaintop and drink in the solitude? Were you gathered amongst family and friends, simply enjoying each other’s company without commercial and material distractions? Think about it a little more. Was there ever a time when you actually came back more stressed from time spent outside than when you started? Why is that? What makes the outdoors so rejuvenating?

The concept of the renewing quality of nature has perplexed and enticed people for centuries. Read any of the soul-filled writings by authors such as Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson, to name a few. Or listen to the wistful songs of John Denver and other musicians that have considered nature their muse.

Think of all the paintings, sculptures and media that have been inspired by the natural world. I think our human connection to nature is incredibly deep, probably greater than we realize. Some people are more aware of it than others; maybe some are more unfamiliar with it because they simply haven’t been presented with or given themselves the opportunity to discover it on their own.

Regardless, we have this bank of peace right at our fingertips. So why does making that withdrawal from it often slip our minds? To what are we depositing our time instead?

Answers to these questions, and more, here…


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