“Take a quiet walk with Mother Nature. It will nurture your mind, body, and soul.” – Anthony Douglas Williams
After a Loss, Let Nature Help You Cope
I was invited to go for a hike today; I declined, and now I’m regretting it. I know that walking in nature improves our mental health. Research tells us so. In a 2015 study, Stanford researchers found participants who went on a 90-min walk through a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination and showed reduced neural activity in an area of the brain linked to risk for mental illness compared with those who walked through an urban environment.
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There is something about the smells, textures, sights, and sounds found in nature that connect us with something awe-inspiring. When we notice the miracles composing the natural world, it is comforting and keeps loss in perspective.
Embrace The Circle Of Life
Even as a young adult, my daughter’s favorite film is “The Lion King”. The movie and famous song Circle of Life impart an important lesson.
We are born; we will die.
Others will be born in our place; they too will die. It is nature’s way of taking and giving back. It’s a natural process, and in between birth and death, life is beautiful and magical. And, somehow, this awareness might make our grief easier to bear.
From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
It’s the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Songwriters Elton John / Tim Rice
Reflect In Nature’s Beauty
When you’re losing faith, find a park and walk. Walking in nature releases natural endorphins that make us feel better. The solitude and serenity experienced in the outdoors creates a reflective environment which allows us to begin processing through our grief. The beauty we witness is a reminder of the divine nature of the universe.
The outdoors may not be a panacea for grief; however, strolling through nature’s art gallery might give us a little more perspective on our loss.