You know that feeling of sunlight sinking into your skin in the late afternoon? That magical hour when everything around you has turned to gold, right before the sun dips below the horizon for it’s nightly slumber. For a rare moment of solitude have you stolen away from all of life’s responsibilities simply to soak in this present stillness.
If you are anything like me, you recognize the calming effects nature can have on the mind. You step outside, maybe to fetch the mail, or maybe to run around the block. Before plugging in those headphones, you take a minute and simply breathe in, then out. You find yourself taking a few steps; it’s just you and the world around you. Suddenly, your heart starts beating a little slower. That nagging headache floats away on the breeze. Your ears tingle from that almost forgotten sound of leaves thrashing together as the wind picks up.
I have painted a simple scene that is likely a common one in the (semi?) average American’s daily life. What is so special about stepping outside and breathing in fresh air once a day? Key word: once. Sure, the average person leaves their house and gets in and out of their car multiple times throughout the day. Some of you probably even go for a run on a regular basis. And that is fantastic (seriously, you should receive a medal! I loathe running with a passion…I digress…)! However, what I am here to spread the word about is a connection back to nature.
Hmmm…that sounds pretty mystical…I know, but stay with me! I promise this blog is not about magic or wizardry!
I am simply an anything outdoors fanatic who holds firmly to the belief that nature was designed by the Creator to give everything that humanity would need to live – and live abundantly! Nature surrounds us, freely offering health and joy for the body, mind, and spirit, yet we rarely utilize it – what is worse, we often destroy it.
This truth is too often suffocated by the negativity in our world, but I believe that connecting people back to nature is an important step toward the balanced, healthy life God intended for us to live!
Creation being therapy is a huge topic with many aspects. That’s why I have started this blog! In a culture of cynicism, I hope to inspire people to connect with nature and the simple joys of life!
So, take a break from the news, the gossip, the music, and get outside!
Stay tuned for more in-depth posts to come!
Peace to you!