Earlier this week, we were treated to the October Hunter’s Moon. I was in my own busy world, oblivious to the fact, until I was driving to a meeting. Through some magic, I was in the right place at the right time to witness the moon rising. I stopped, pulled over and snapped this picture.
I stood in awe of that moment. How could anything be so beautiful? And then I wondered – how many moments do I whiz past without witnessing the power and energy of what’s around me, without giving thanks to this spectacular planet and the power of nature within it? Yes, I live in a beautiful place. I’ve also lived in Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati and Boston. There are spectacular places to connect with nature everywhere.
Nature holds the power of wonder – whether in the simplicity of a butterfly or the rage of a storm. And there is a growing body of reliable data that nature holds the power to heal us. Nature itself is medicine. A walk through a stand of trees or along a pond impacts our human systems in a positive way. Nature slows us down, it awakens new neural pathways to creativity, it brings in new oxygen to re-energize us.
And, at a time when nature most needs us to realize her power and potential, we are migrating indoors to our technology at an alarming rate. In doing this, we are missing out on the awe of moments like the moonrise. We are missing out on all the healing power nature can provide.
Experience a Moment Outside and Tell Us About it
So here’s my challenge to you: sometime in the next week, can you find some time to go outside, look around and let nature in – and if possible, share that moment with someone else? See what it feels like to slow down and let the trees or the water or the fields surround you. And then, do it again. Frequently. As nature in our northern hemisphere gets ready to rest and rebuild during the darker winter months, feel her pulse and connect to her wisdom. And reinforce to others, especially our children, that without honoring nature, so much of what makes us healthy humans gets lost.
And, if you want to learn more about nature’s impact on our health, check out the Shift Conference that we will be at this week, entitled “Nature as Medicine.”