I recently read a Reader’s Digest article called, The Nature Cure and was totally intrigued. I will share some of the information from that article below. It seemed to verify what I have believed and incorporated into my life, certainly appreciating that this periodical would help to validate this belief.
The article actually called nature a “miracle medicine for our mental health.” It seems social scientists are discovering that our brains are not machines which do not tire, but rather become easily fatigued and with as little as three days of rest, creative problem-solving tasks can increase by 50 percent!
When architect Fredrick Olmsted looked over Yosemite Valley, he urged the California legislature to, “…protect it from development…. that the occasional contemplation of natural scenes is favorable to the health and vigor of men.”
Thousands of years ago gardens were constructed for this very reason — rest and mental relaxation. It seems most kings mentioned in the Scriptures incorporated them. The U.S. national park system was created because people like Ralph Waldo Emerson built a case for creating the park system stating that nature had healing powers.
Researchers today are discovering that people who live in or near “green spaces” suffer less depression, anxiety and migraines. A study in Japan found those persons who walk in the forest decrease the stress hormone cortisol. There is healing in God’s gift of nature and yet less than a quarter of Americans spend 30 minutes or more outside in nature daily.
Did you know pediatricians are now telling parents with young families to regularly visit parks so the whole family can de-stress and play? When is the last time you went camping, hiking in the mountains, visited gardens, introduced your child to the wonders of a stick, sat around a campfire, watched a sunset, played in a creek, observed butterflies or sat by a lake?
Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. (Genesis 2:8
Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. (Matthew 13:1)