What we call nature is the driving force supporting our existence. With each passing decade we seem to forget and separate ourselves from our natural environment, yet it will always be what sustains us. Everything we need to survive is provided by nature and our perfectly balanced ecosystems. The air we breathe and the plants that produce oxygen, the rain that grows our food, the air that blows the seeds and brings the rain that quenches our thirst and that of the food which we consume. None of this would exist without the sun, which provides crucial vitamin D for our health and mental well-being.
Everything that exists has energy. Call it vibration, prana, chi or spirit; it is the force and essence of nature. As a part of nature, we need to be connected to the flow of this energy. The more we cut ourselves off from prana, the less we thrive emotionally, mentally and physically. The more we connect and allow this energy to flow through us, the greater well-being we have.
One of the strongest ways to improve our energy is by having a strong connection to nature. This is easier said than done if we are living our lives in less-than-natural places, like urban cities, or climates that can keep us from spending time in outdoor spaces. There is no substitute for the energy you can connect to in the middle of a forest or swimming in the ocean, but there are many alternatives.
Here are some tips for connecting with nature:
• Bring the outdoors inside. There are many affordable, easy-to-care-for indoor plants to choose from that can live in a variety of conditions. Having indoor plants will not only improve air quality, but also improve well-being by reducing stress, supporting happiness, and accelerating the healing process. Not only will just having them around and taking care of them connect you more with nature, but you can also touch them and sit among them during meditation.
• Make a terrarium, a fun, creative project and a beautiful addition to your home.
• Do earthing. If you have access to a small patch of grass outside or a large enough houseplant inside, you can participate in earthing. Years of extensive research has shown that by being barefoot in natural environments (meaning get off the concrete, carpet and artificial ground) we connect with the Earth’s energy. Not only does this “ground” our energy, but it also supports our well-being quickly.
• Work with crystals. Start by using crystals that help ground your energy. These are direct links to Earth energy. Try Black Tourmaline, Shungite, Black Obsidian or Smokey Quartz.
• Eat fruits and veggies. You are what you eat. Fresh organic produce is filled with prana. As the prana leaves, the food dies and rots. The more vibrant and colorful diet you eat, the better. Processed foods lack nutrition and subsequently prana, because the natural aspect is altered or destroyed.
• Drink water. Humans are composed of 60 percent water. We will die faster of dehydration than starvation. Do yourself a huge favor and choose water over other beverages. It is natural and science has proven that it holds memory. Try infusing it with positive energy and intention before you drink it.
• Grow herbs. Gardening is a great way to reconnect with nature, and herb gardens can thrive outdoors and indoors. Not only that but you can add them to just about everything you cook or drink. They are incredibly healthy, medicinal and delicious.
• Get out of the gym. Exercise is great and exercise outside is even better. Try going for a walk, hike or do outdoor yoga.
• Spend time with animals. The benefits of this are endless — and they also help us connect with nature.
• Enjoy outdoor pictures. When all else fails, look at beautiful pictures of nature without any thing manmade in the picture. Envision yourself in the scene, smell the fresh air, feel the earth below your feet and sun on your face. In a pinch, even this can help.
Connecting with nature is within everyone’s reach and the benefits are well worth the effort.