It happens to us all: passing lights, blaring noises, long day — your energy feels wagged out. When you feel spent, cultural conditioning may try and tempt you to stay in the house and be entertained with Netflix, a bowl of ice-cream or browsing in cyberspace.
There may be worse things you could succumb to but…
…you have a strict…
…’no deals with the devil policy.’
Instead you step outside, breathe in living air and touch the textured material we all feel at home with: warm organic wood. The earth grounds us and calms us with its fragrance. Out-of-doors is where you find your rest, renewal and clarity; the heart of coming home.
Outdoor natural environments contain significant secrets that lift more than the clouds of your mind; it recharges your mitochondrial batteries — and it can even make you smarter. Better yet, science says more than merely making you supersmart — being in the presence of living surroundings is the place of creativity — where geniuses are born.
Since the dawn of the internet, the world has benefited in available knowledge and communication. And yet, many experts contend that this technology has negative effects on learning and social interactions. They contend we are more easily irritated, less sociable, and more distracted.
We can’t blame our weaknesses on being detachment from nature, but research affirms there is some unraveling of psychological resilience. And at times, we can all do better at paying attention to details, being more empathetic, and internally rooted. But that’s where the experts say viewing a parade of wildflowers, walking in the mountains, or digging in a garden will do us good.
Geniuses Inspired by the Outdoors
The one thing the world’s greatest minds have in common is endless curiosity. Curiosity is the key to unlock creativity.
Benjamin Franklin advocated we all have a mind that is extraordinarily fertile. We were born without knowledge, but we were all born with curiosity, capable of lifelong discovery, improving yourself and doing well by others.
Geniuses are nonconventional and do not rely on what they have been taught in problem-solving. What makes a genius is in their ability to think productively. They generate alternative approaches and possibilities in a unique way when confronted with a difficulty.
Let your heart resonant with nature and discover
the Beethoven, Leonardo da Vinci, or Benjamin Franklin genius in you.
Continuing Paul Harvey’s address:
Quidditch was much more fun in our minds. So distinct is the disparity that the publishers of the books will use no scenes from the movies on the covers of those books. You trust me to paint. You trust me to paint pictures in the mirror of your mind.
And I will let you feel such agony and ecstasy,
such misery and such magnificence as
you would never be able to feel by looking at it.
Let me paint you a picture of your unrequited love in 17 words:
When the fire in me meets with the ice in you, what could remain but damp ashes?
Now, you tell me what picture in all of the film could you duplicate that poignancy?
We court with the lights turned down. That’s to remain undistracted.
We savor a fragrance or a kiss, or a foot massage with our eyes closed.
In some instances, Paul Harvey says, “a picture would ruin a story for you. . .“
Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman wrote a book called Words Can Change Your Brain. In the book, they write: a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.” Science has shown the power of language can literally alter your physical brain.
Your brain is the physical organ of your tangible, visible body associated with the mind. The mind is part of an invisible world of thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, feelings, and imagination. How well you feel in your body also affects your thinking.
Outdoors in nature have been a source that people — from all walks of life — connect to, with their body and mind. Aristotle believed walking in the open-air clarified the mind. In Japan, touching wood is “medicine” to preserve health and treat illnesses. It is not only touching, but studies also claim all the senses in nature stimulate the immune system. Just the smell of the fresh earth acts as an anti-depressant.
The bacterium found in soil stimulates the production of serotonin helping the body to feel happier and more relaxed.
In 1989, David Strachan, a British scientist presented what he termed the “hygiene hypothesis.” In our modern, sterile environments many children are not getting exposed to the earth’s natural microorganisms — found in the dirt — to build and repair their immune systems. As a result, there are higher rates of allergies and asthma.
Penicillin was first developed from a soil fungus. Microbes such as mycobacterium vaccae, a substance found in soil have an effect on the neurons of the brain — similar to Prozac — but without potential chemical dependencies or side effects. It is as easy as getting your hands in the dirt, like you did as a kid. Every child should experience the pleasure of shaping a mud pie.
Just the view of natural beauty elicits feelings of awe, another sure way to give you a mental boost. And speaking of view, research has also shown children have more protection against developing myopia — nearsightedness — by playing outside.
Many respectable scientists, sociologists, doctors, and mental health experts suggest that when people do not get out in the natural world and play, it doesn’t only affect their individual well being, it also affects society as a whole in how they interact and influence each other.
In America, it has become culturally acceptable to spend the majority of our time indoors, especially when the weather is cold. With many countries, going outdoors is ingrained in their culture. If you lived in Sweden — nature waters the garden of the soul — and there is no such thing as bad weather.
Nature is a tool. Nature influences people and people who spend adequate time in nature can increase their ability to construct new ideas and produce happier thoughts. Being in God’s great outdoors improves judgment, increases confidence, and creates a sunnier disposition.
Again, the incredibly improved cognitive thinking results were not just about spending more time in the outdoors, as Associate Professor of Cognitive and Clinical Psychology Ruth Ann Atchley said, it is: turning off the cellphone, not hauling the iPad and not looking for internet coverage.
What you do outside moves how you think and behave so when you just want to kick back and breathe easy, go outside and be indulged and inspired.
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Human Need For Fresh Open Air & Sunlight
You and I already know — how good the wide-open spaces are for us — even without all of the evidence-based research but repetition is truly the mother of all learning. When we listen to things we already know, we may learn something new and open the eyes of our understanding even more. And what is old is often becomes new. Many old-time doctors and nurses told patients to go outside or “breathe in the sea air.” Take a look at Florence Nightingale’s lovely notes on nursing as she strongly advocates patients being exposed to fresh air and sunlight.