There are so many quick and easy ways to get closer to nature that no one needs to go without the benefits of having that connection to our natural world.
Quick & Easy Ways to Get Closer to Nature
- Go barefoot. Even if it’s only for a short while. You don’t even need to walk on the ground, just make contact with the earth with nothing between the soles of your feet and the natural ground. The ground can be found on any natural surface in contact with the earth. In my opinion, this one act is the most important thing you can do for your general holistic health.
- Open the windows. Okay, so if you live in a high-rise apartment you might not be able to do this. But if you go anywhere outside pay special attention when the wind blows.
- Sit still and listen. Do this outside in a quiet spot if such a place exists near you. If you sit and listen for more than a few minutes you’ll begin to hear the sounds beyond the initial sounds that reach your ears. The deeper you listen, the more layers to life around you’ll notice. Even man-made sounds come to our ears in layers and this exercise will be helpful in getting you more deeply connected to the world around.
- Guided meditation. Listen to a guided mediation that brings your mind to natural places. Even if only in your mind, you can experience all of the sensory opportunities that exist in real nature.
- Bring nature inside! Invest in art that moves you, or make your own. No favorite artists? Check out my art, then 🙂 Pick wildflowers or buy them from a local florist. Decorate your living space with natural accents. Print your own photography or buy framed works that move you.
Need More Inspiration?
Here’s some links to sites that can help you think about other ways to get closer to nature.
- Yoga under the Trees: http://www.thecapistranodispatch.com/dirt-therapy-connecting-true-nature/
- How do you put a monetary value on nature? https://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/13/bcst-value-of-nature
- Finding Nature Again with my Children https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2015/10/13/finding-nature-again-with-my-children/
- Conserving for Nature’s Sake or Our Own? by Allison Mills at Pys.org
About Wild Ozark
Wild Ozark is a nature farm. Mostly we grow rocks. I use those rocks and some of the herbs to make earth pigments and watercolor paints. We also grow native clay that I use for paint and various other things. And then there are the trees. We grow lots of trees. My husband uses some for his woodworking and some for our Burnt Kettle Shagbark Hickory Syrup, but for the most part they stand around creating good air, shade, & habitat for the ginseng nursery.
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About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. You can find my art on display and for sale at the Kingston Square Arts shop in Kingston, Arkansas. It's a tiny little town and a bit off the path to anywhere at all, but a wonderful ride out to a most beautiful part of our state. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making arts & crafty things, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.