Natural Harmony – Connect with Nature to Increase Your Personal Wellbeing

When I visit large city parks, I am amused and heartened by the

seeming unconscious human need to connect with Mother Nature. In

the very heart of urban civilization, city parks draw in thousands of

people every day. I personally live in a magnificent rural setting,

constantly surrounded by nature’s glory and challenges. I smile

inwardly, listening to the array of foreign languages spoken around me

in the park. I watch worldwide visitors to a great metropolis seeking

sanctuary in a patch of domesticated wilderness. Humans need to

connect with nature, even if just a bit of it. Research now supports what

our instincts ‘know’: contact with the natural world is important to our


Though most of us value nature, few of us actually enjoy a deep

connection with it. This is unfortunate, as it is through this connection

that we both receive and release. We receive a limitless source of

energy and inspiration, and we release worry, stress, and strain. In fact

playing outside, in any form, is a well-known kind of ‘therapy’ to find

balance and to rejuvenate. The “Great Mother” soothes the spirit,

sharpens the senses, and focuses thinking. The natural environment

helps us recognize our oneness with the life process. Taking us beyond

our limited and linear view of life, nature celebrates growth and

perpetual renewal.

This celebratory quality is at once inspiring and energizing. Spending

time in nature, especially when exercising in some way, makes the body

feel awake and alive. Physical centering leads directly to mental

centering and increased clarity. Part of mental centering is coming

deeply into the present moment. After spending time in nature, the

actual moment, the present, re-establishes itself, like a clear, melodic

chime being struck. The future and the past stop crowding in. This

easy, meditative state is deeply relaxing and allows stress to effortlessly


There are endless ways to connect and recharge with Mother Nature.

Hiking and canoeing are two classic choices. Their quiet rhythmic

qualities are especially soothing. They require a sharpening of the

senses and the sensibilities. You learn to better use your ears, eyes,

sense of smell and balance. Even the simplest ties to the natural world

can boost your health. Observe an aquarium, look at landscape

photography, or visit a garden. Connect with nature, connect more

deeply with yourself, and create energy and harmony. When we

become more mindful and present, we essentially become more alive.

“When you know nature as part of yourself,

You will act in harmony.

When you feel yourself a part of nature,

You will live in harmony.”

Tao Te Ching (Tao 13)

Copyright 2005. Karen B. Cohen All Rights Reserved