The Therapeutic Value of Nature

Written by on February 27, 2020 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Thrive with 0 Comments

Nature is no less divine than Her own creator.

When you are in the lap of nature, and you can let go of all your worries, you experience a divine mindfulness enveloped with bliss. Nature's ability to heal is far more superior than any dose of medication. In fact, She is the last resort.

In Nature, you can find a hidden, intangible element. You may wonder what it is. It is nothing but an element that transcends current linguistic boundaries. You may not know precisely how to describe it, but you feel and acknowledge its presence. It is a sort of transpersonal component that is nondescript at best. You may call it awe-inspiring, moving, touching, soulful, soul-stirring, and so on. Yet, what is it really? It is something beyond the “self” or the ego. It may seem mysterious, divine and mystifying. And this unknown thing has the potential to transform lives and heal.

Here's how to go through a therapeutic process in the midst of Nature:

  1. Practice deep breathing: By breathing deeply and by paying close attention to your breathing pattern, you can relax, relieve yourself of excessive stress, become calmer and rejuvenate your mind and body.
  2. Be mindful of your surroundings: Mindfulness is a very handy tool as well as exercise. It increases your self-awareness, lets you be in the moment and helps you savour the environmental inputs. It is also a great stress buster.
  3. Practice the principle of Carpe Diem: Practice being in the here and the now, or being in the present and not dwelling on the past, or speculating the future. This way, you will be able to feel the good vibes of Nature. Now that you are in the present moment, take a moment to perceive the vibes, be it the energy of the vast snow-capped mountains, the gushing of the river, the smell of raindrops on the mud, the freshness of lush greenery, etc.
  4. Practice witness consciousness: Act as a witness of your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and motivations, without judging them or reacting to them. Be a witness of all the elements floating in your consciousness. The key is to observe without judgement your inner environment, from a neutral standpoint. Psychologists call this “Witness Consciousness.”
  5. Release your negativity: Delve into the sacred depth of Nature, experience the sensations derived from Nature and dive deeper into the feelings created by Nature's immense beauty and divinity. For instance, pay attention to the chirping of the birds in the distance, with your eyes closed and with your heart open. Concentrate on the sound in such a way that the melody of the birds singing is the only thing that is on your mind. At this point, you may feel a sense of Oneness with Nature.
  6. Write your worries on the sand: Go to the beach, write down your worries on the sand and let go of all the “baggage.” Once you have written them down and vented out all your problems, stand there in admiration of the vastness of the ocean. Consider the insignificance of your worries as against the depth of the ocean and the vastness of the sky. When your heart is light again, walk away from the beach, free and healed.

About the Author

Samhita K is a doctoral scholar of Psychology, a published poet, writer, English and French teacher, researcher, and psychologist. She is a musicophile, Francophile and Russophile. She is a seeker of spirituality and is deeply passionate about Transpersonal Psychology. She is the author of the short story “The Russian Manuscript” available on Samhita has been the Featured Poet at a cafe called Urban Solace Cafe for the Soul, which was the 262nd edition of the Longest Running Poetry Event in India. This event is also featured in the Limca Book of World Records. Her hobbies include reading, creative writing, music, sports, motorcycle riding and transcendental meditation.

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