Entries tagged with “Nature”
If you need an energy boost, the best place to get it is outside. According to a study done at the University of Rochester, being in the presence of nature for just 20 minutes a da…
Hot springs are full-steam ahead on being the #1 luxury vacationers prioritize when picking their holiday destination. Why? Not only are they great for post-ski socializing, they work wonders for your body, physically and mentally.
The forest engages all of your senses—your mind stills, and you reconnect to your soul.
…Even if you’re not outdoorsy.
In creating cultivated backyards, we are removing habitat for wild animals. Here are some ideas for keeping all beings in mind when creating a garden.
Navigate these uncertain and unsettling times with this open-eyed, open-senses meditation to ground, center, and enliven you reconnecting with the natural world.
Imagine hosting a party in which your role is to be completely still.
"A smell can instantly beckon age-old memories or summon emotions in a whiff."
Does being near water make you feel relaxed? Therapeutic landscape designers Marco Mencagli and Marco Nieri explain how negative ions—abundant near bodies of water—have a profound, if poorly understood, role in health and happiness.
Just by occasionally focusing on the natural world, you can bring more joy, peace, and wisdom into your life.
Oh, mankind, you are such a remarkable species. So, bear with me. I have to get this out. I’m gonna chat about the pink elephant in our collective living room. You know, the one th…
Researcher and author David Haskell shares the relationship between trees and people.
Become OceanJohn Luther AdamsCANTALOUPE MUSICGlobal warming and climate change are on the minds of many these days. John Luther Adams is no different. The 61-year-old Alaska-based …
Do you accept the challenge to take a walk and take a stand? The compassion cell garden blends nature, reflection, and a charge to spread compassion through your world.
Lessons from the Gaelic Judgments of the Neighborhood
I live in what’s called the Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire. I have been here, in several different towns, for 20 years. If I can make another 20, the locals may acknowl…
When I studied medieval philosophy in college, I learned that a human being has a rational, animal, and vegetable soul. At the time, it was all a matter of definitions and categori…
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Kevin Anderson offers a call to action: My membership in the human race is my truest belonging.
How to connect through our bodies with the transcendent dimension of our lives.
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"A woman in her 40s was seated on a bench at the park entrance. She was weeping. I asked her if I could help. She replied that although she was healthy, she was scared."
“If you feel drawn to a particular place outdoors in nature, try to go there (even if just in your mind).”
PlanetaryDirected by Guy ReidPLANETARY COLLECTIVEDirector Guy Reid’s documentary fuses the highly aestheticized style of such classics like Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka—with their word…
Have you found your theme?
If you want to help speed the recovery of a hospital patient who’s had surgery, bring a flowering plant, preferably a potted plant, suggests a recent study by the Department of Hor…
In 1965, a marine biologist named Roger Payne found himself relaxing on the stern deck of a sailboat on the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Headphones snugly in place, he recorded th…
A close encounter with a powerful force of nature gives writer Steve Lewis a new perspective on his regrets.
They house us, feed us, and help us breathe, yet what we tend to forget is the healing aspect of trees. Leaves, bark, and buds have long been used in rituals and medicines, and now…
This Swedish practice will start your morning on the right note.
Your body and soul will benefit from time outside each day.
Shinrin-yoku is a practice of taking time to enjoy moving through a forest one step at a time
The first step in connecting your body with nature is realizing that you are nature – not separate from – but an integral part of it all. Your body is made up of all the same eleme…
My Call Came Like This ...
We interact with trees as strangers because we don’t know their stories. When we listen, we “unself” ourselves— and open to great beauty.
By Jeff Wallis The restorative power of nature can be accessible—anytime, anywhere—through the ritual of a Memory Walk. All you need is a route to walk and a camera. …
Learn more about artist Day Schildkret's daily practice of creating morning altars here.
Embrace your inner mountain goat and…
Gathering mushrooms adds a new dimension to walks in nature. Learn more about how to start your own mushroom habit.
An artist shares how his practice of creating beautiful morning altars blossomed.
Maybe it is a substitute for the psychedelic mind-altering drugs of the Sixties.
Here are 5 suggestions on how you might look to nature to enhance your own creativity.
Like most people, I rejoice in the coming of spring. Despite my firm intention to appreciate nature’s pageantry all year round, the short, dark days of winter tend to leave me cold…
What we did when Amazon Prime became our god
Writer Jennie Dorris thought she left the wilderness behind when she chose city life, but nature continued to guide her.
Trees are considered sacred in many cultures. Tree worship, in one form or another, has been practiced almost universally by ancient peoples in every corner of the globe.
Philosophy isn't just for professors. Embracing a philosophical attitude can make you healthier, happier, and (of course) wiser.
Excerpt from Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up: Connect with Totems in Your Ecosystem
"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." —Kahlil Gibran Do you remember—when you would spend time in natu…
“I kept turning to the horse, / erect in stillness and gravity / and a strange promise of balm,”
"she will fall for miles. / land on your face, / your shoulders, / your hands"
“A poem rummages the self and the tongue for this moment’s response.”
As one grows older,there should be fewerand fewer words to say. Each one a few lettersbut taken togethermeaning something large. Sea. Sun. Shell. I gathera little pile, burying,u…
Since its very beginning in 1869 in New York’s Hudson River Valley, Mohonk Mountain House has been inviting guests to be inspired by spectacular scenery that creates a sense of spa…
Directed by Taggar Siegel / Produced by Jon Betz In 1923, Austrian scientist, philosopher, and social innovator Rudolf Steiner warned that in 80 to 100 years, bees would disappear…
As the election season rolls on I become more jaded. I am troubled most by the absence of truth in our politics. Facts don’t matter in America anymore. Truth doesn’t matter in Amer…
Rewilding means reconnecting with your “wild untamed soul.” Remember the way home with this practice.
"Pastures ranged over the rolling hills. Tall oak and beech woods lined both sides of the valley, and when sunlight suffused through them, they seemed as enchanted to Lisa as when she and her sister had played there as children."
S&H’s spiritual activist, Celia Alario, on the rights of nature.
Science & Spirit presents three more easy ways to boost health, both mental and physical. We hope it will inspire you on your journey toward healthy living.
We can reconnect to ourselves, gaining a deeper, fuller understanding of who we are, by reconnecting to nature.
Forest bathing can bring healing to anyone who practices it.
An insidious new class of pesticides threatens our food supply’s most important pollinators.
A Year, a Mountain, and Five Young Women
Walk in the Church of the Woods
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The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorderby Richard LouvThe release of Richard Louv’s previous book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Childr…
Learning how to tap into the phases of the moon can be a powerful practice. This month's second full moon is a remarkable one for three reasons.
It’s not about having a federal Indian card, and surely not about getting a share of casino profits.
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The Five Elements offer information that connects us to nature and our bodies and helps us to understand our energy and emotions.
Support your soul and wander under a big blue sky with these finds for healthy exploring.
How thrill seeking is a gateway drug to biocentricity
On this episode, witness spirit and nature dancing together at the meditation gardens of Self Realization Fellowship's Lake Shrine and Encinitas Retreat and Hermitage in Southern C…
Do you have a relationship with Planet Earth—your home? Taking time to focus on and appreciate the place you live creates a feeling of connection and health.
Getting out of our comfort zone is not always easy, but we may find that releasing our grip allows it to feel a little more like grace.
Here’s how to get to a magical place called the “Maginal Zone.”
S&H’s Creative Director sets off for Squam Lake and discovers the joy of retreat.
“That's so meta.” ... From self-reflective to the Buddhist mettā (cultivating benevolence), “we can practice wild lovingkindness to extend beyond one being, beyond humanity.” Here, 5 mettā moment starters, plus a practice for reflecting on your wild connections.
Quests are fundamental to the human experience. Read to discover why four days in the woods can change everything.
A longtime altar maker shares his practice