The Healing Power of Nature

By: Erin Rose Hennessy

I made a goal this past weekend, to spend as much time outside as possible. On Saturday, I packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed my meal on a grassy hill overlooking a park. As I sat there, I thought a lot about how just simply being outdoors has the power to make me feel so much calmer and more at ease. This may not be true for everyone, but I find myself often feeling a lot better after being outside.

Photo by: Erin Rose Hennessy

There’s something comforting about stepping out into the fresh air, seeing the green trees, the soft grass, feeling the gentle breeze against my skin. Just being able to get away from life’s stressors and be grateful for what is all around us. I spend so much time rushing to work, rushing to plans with friends or family, running errands, doing chores. Seriously, when do we get to stop doing chores and have androids do the work for us? And when will these androids be affordable to the general public?

Photo by: Erin Rose Hennessy

I think it also has a lot to do with connection for me. Connection to my roots, connection to the Earth. We’re all connected to each other in some way — human beings, cats, trees, flowers. Being able to step away from the chaos of life and just connect to myself and make time for myself and my own needs. Something I’ve been working on the past few years is learning when to say yes, when to say no, when to go, when to rest. Making time to rest is hard for me (and I’m sure some of you readers, too!) My brain works super lightning fast, going quickly from one thought to the next. My brain basically goes at the speed of sound, but both my speech and my body go at snail’s pace in comparison. So, it’s nice to sit and let my body catch up to my brain, let my thoughts get ordered, and let myself get some peace.

Photo by: Erin Rose Hennessy

I’ve really wanted a flower or plant in my apartment. I have a cat, which gave me pause in choosing a plant that wouldn’t endanger him, but I finally settled on a catnip plant — the perfect plant for a cat! He loves it and I love having something green greeting me in the morning. Now we’ll see how long it lasts, since my thumb isn’t exactly green!

Do you find nature healing, too? Where are some of your favorite places to enjoy nature?

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