1. Nourish your ears with the sound of flowing water
It is said that listening to flowing water benefits one’s ears, and empties and calms down one’s mind. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), because your five senses (seeing, listening, tasting, touching, and smelling) are intimately connected, taking in the scent of flowers while listening to the sound of water enhances this nourishing effect.
2. Nourish your eyes with flowers or grass
TCM says looking at flowers and grass benefits your eyes. It makes sense because green is a relaxing color for the eyes, and lovely flowers make you feel good and uplifted. A famous scholar in Chinese history, Wang Anshi, believed that looking at verdant grass was of greater benefit than flowers for the eyes.
3. Cultivate your mind by reading
There is a popular saying “return to mother nature,” which is similar to the Taoist philosophy of returning to one’s true self. The ancient Chinese thought landscapes in the real world refer to the basic level of nature, while the landscapes’ spirits embedded in classics represent a higher level. Thus readers can create their own landscapes in their minds through reading great books, and eventually return to nature this way.
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Research by Monica & Aizhu, translation help by Richard