Over the millennia, humans were born into a culture with strong connections to the land and the natural environment. But with the drastic changes in lifestyles, many people today do not get their daily, or even weekly, fix of nature.
Nature deficit disorder (NDD) is only a new concept, describing the symptoms of being disconnected from nature. And its impact on children can be severe.
Spending time with nature boosts health and creativity.
Fortunately, this deficiency is free and simple to cure: more time playing, working, simply existing in the natural outdoors, starting in your own backyard.
Nature works in mysterious and subtle ways. We are not always aware of its effects on us. It has the ability to make us feel alive, grounded, calm, and bring our thinking back to neutral—without distractions.
In Japan, the term Shinrin Yoku literally means “forest-bathing.” It describes a conscious and meditative stroll through the forest, taking in the atmosphere with all your senses, and reconnecting with who you are.
You can enjoy your own Shinrin Yoku in a park, the beach, lake, or in any green-space near your home. And do stop to smell the flowers—this is your time!