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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Back to Nature



I good friend of mine sent me a clipping of a Washington Post article by Tara Bahrampour. It was all about the benefits of getting back to nature. People show benefits from even small slices of nature. The article was worth reading.

It definitely made me grateful for living out in the country. To be honest, since my leg injury, home projects have gotten away from me. My daughter came to visit the other day and ended up cutting my lawn. At the time I was laying down with my leg elevated again. In short, the house isn't going to make the cover of “Home Beautiful” magazine.

However, the day before, while having my coffee in the kitchen, I could watch an eagle circle over the lake. Since the weather's been pretty decent lately we've been sitting outside watching the wildlife. I'm sure just the sound of wind blowing through the trees drops my blood pressure twenty points.

Cities are a pretty recent development. We did not evolve in totally artificial environments. Something in our inner beings responds to the natural world. In Tara's article she noted that many people who added nature to their lives were able to give up their medications for mild depression. Frankly, I know I'd been pretty depressed if I had to live in a big city without a single tree in sight. It would probably make me more than a little crazy.

There are days when I just step outside and breath, taking it all in. So what if the grass gets too long, and the house needs work. It's in the country where I need to be.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. With you there brother. Our bodies and psyches were not designed for smog and high rise mayhem.

    While you were watching eagles above the lake, we had a wedge tailed beauty fly past the house only 20' above the ground. Majestic, awesome and made me smile for hours.

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    1. Nice. Glad you are in such a place.

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  2. I enjoy every minute of my solitude here. I step out my door and I have trees all around. It's quiet with only the occasional sound of machine on the road. We need to enjoy it while we can 'cause who know how long it will last.

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    1. It drives me nuts that business interests are so quick to destroy the natural world, as if it has no value beyond mineral extraction and board feet of lumber.

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  3. I have read articles about needing to have our bare feet on the earth (earthing, grounding) for healing. I would try it, but we have too many stickers here. We have just sat in our chairs with our feet on the earth and listened to our Amish chimes. Soothing. It is also a bit cooler in the country vs. the concrete city.

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    1. I'm at least 5 to 10 degrees cooler here in the country than in the nearby town.

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  4. Cities are nice places to visit if you can avoid being accosted by goblins. But I wouldn't want to live in one. Since Amazon and other on line outfits came along, I can get what I need but can't acquire here over the internet. Only go to a city now if I have to go to the airport.

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    1. Maybe there would be fewer goblins if they had to live in the country. I can see that, over time, a city could turn me into a monster.

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  5. I just read an article that violence is escalating this year in the Fort Worth area where I used to live. Dallas/Ft. Worth is a hotbed of drug cartels. Can't tell you how thankful I'm in the country.

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  6. I long to be in the country, but I'm stuck in Houston for the duration, I'm afraid. Doesn't mean I have to get out and mix in with the crazies out there. I stay pretty close to the home front!

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    1. Even having a few trees around helps. Hope you aren't totally in a concrete jungle.

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