Sharing Circle: Being in Nature
“Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may lead to longer and happier lives.” U. Of Minnesota Taking Charge of Your Health Well Being website Research tells us that people living away from nature, surrounded by concrete and technology may suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder—affecting their physical and mental/emotional well-being.
How do you feel in nature? Have you experienced lasting effects? What happens to you when you radically change your natural environment?