Weeds are defined by many dictionaries as “a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop.” Whenever most people hear the word weed, they imagine a pest, a plant that is meant to hurt crops, food supply and overall environment. But could weeds also be an easy to grow source of important nutrition?Read more
Newborns and Nature
How can newborns benefit from being introduced to nature?
It is widely known that incorporating nature into the lives of adults can help increase mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Most studies focus on age groups from childhood through the elderly. But can newborns and infants benefit from being introduced to nature at such a young age? Research has found that newborns can benefit from nature in similar ways to older age groups. In addition, aspects of nature may be able to facilitate the acquisition of certain skills which older people have already developed.Read more
The Importance of Nature in Art
People use art to help their well-being but also to draw attention to societal changes and issues. The combination of art and nature allows people to explore the natural world, create more profound meaning for themselves, and connect people through understanding and viewing their artwork. This article will discuss the importance of integrating art and nature and how various artists used nature to inspire them.Read more
Meditation in Nature
It’s not uncommon to see depictions of someone meditating in a peaceful outdoor setting. Legend has it that the Buddha attained enlightenment while sitting under a tree, so it might not be unusual that we try to seek ways to calm and clear our minds while being outside. But what is the relationship between meditation and nature?Read more
Nature and Pain Relief
Can nature provide us a natural form of pain relief?
Nature has so much more to offer than just something nice to look at. Pain relief is just one small aspect of the vast benefits nature has to offer us! For example, research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, focused on the effects of forest therapy on participants struggling with chronic widespread pain (Han, J. W., Choi, H., Jeon, Y. H., Yoon, C. H., Woo, J. M., & Kim, W., 2016). Forest therapy aims to reduce pain through specific physical activities and psychological approaches which take place in a natural environment. The participants in this study engaged in bodily exercises and mindfulness-based meditation in a forest while measuring physiological changes. The results showed that forest therapy was effective in improving the psychological and physiological symptoms associated with chronic widespread pain. This raises the question of whether there may be other ways that nature can provide us with pain relief.Read more