“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” – Henry David Thoreau
Sometimes, even though it may seem out of reach or lost, what we need most is within our grasp and simpler than we thought. Spending even a small amount of time in nature has shown to have profound effects on our emotional well-being.
The positive effects of spending time outdoors, surrounded by trees, soil, wild animals, birds and critters, has been written about and discussed for generations. “Everything exists in nature without the necessity of outside intervention. It is a system that has existed successfully since the beginning of time, which provides a sense of structure, coherence, and reliability for those wise enough to use nature as a model for life,” says CRC Health. It has been said that even a view of nature through a window can speed recovery from surgery, improve work performance, and increase job satisfaction.
In Vancouver and the lower mainland, we are able to access nature without too much trouble. In Part Two of In Our Nature, I will list some easily accessible trails and viewpoints that may help calm your mind and open your heart.
Words by Cassandra Van Dyck
Photos by Perry Miotto