“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
There was a study in the early 1990s that showed Americans spend on average 87% of their time indoors and an additional 6% in an enclosed vehicle. That is a shocking 93% of your day spent indoors and only 7% of your life spent outdoors! And, this was prior to the explosion of screen technology, which has become incredibly sophisticated at grabbing and holding our attention and keeping us sedentary, indoors with our eyes fixed on screens – especially our children’s. Does this sound true for you?
There are two types of stress that we usually experience in daily life:
1. Major life stresses, such as divorce, financial/job loss, life altering accidents, serious illnesses
2. Low grade stresses, such as daily life hassles, arguments with strangers, flat tires
With both types, feelings of frustration, worry, irritation, agitation, annoyance, anxiety, or depression arises. When you have more stress, you have higher levels of cortisol in your body. And, while cortisol actually has short term benefits during a crises such as immediate immune support, the longterm effects of elevated levels are detrimental for you on many levels. Chronic cortisol elevations are linked to a cycle of low-grade inflammation and oxidative stress which are cell damaging. Virtually every chronic medical condition has been associated with both of these.
There are many theories as to why Nature is able to relieve the feelings and effects of stress. For me, my Truth is found in direct experience with Nature.
Commonly associated benefits with Nature are often said to include:
- Reduced stress
- Boosted immune defense
- Anti-cancer effects
- Increased energy
- Improved sleep
- Lowered blood pressure
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced risk of obesity
- Accelerated recovery from surgery
Spirit Flow Sedona’s mission is to encourage and guide individuals to immerse into personal development and transformation through their personal connection to Nature.
We need Nature, and Nature takes care of us. In order for us to live sustainably on this planet, we must recognize and honor this fact.
Come to Sedona and experience something unique. Join a Spirit Flow Nature as Sanctuary experience and connect to your innate self in one of the most beautiful places on Earth – the ancient, healing, red rocks of Arizona.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir