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Nature and Nurturing Your Spiritual Health

For many people, their spiritual health is not something that features largely in their day-to-day concerns, and even for those who do consider it to be important, there are varying opinions on how best to care for your spiritual health and happiness. It can be quite confusing however, how to decide what is the most appropriate path to go down in terms of keeping yourself spiritually healthy. What is often overlooked is what is also the most simplistic, that being just enjoying and spending time surrounded by nature.

It is sometimes easy to forget how rewarding spending time in a quiet, natural environment can be for your spiritual wellbeing. The stressful routine of work, home or studying can sometimes have problematic effects on our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. These routines are also often in an urban environment, with little opportunity to find a quiet place within a natural location. Poulstone Court in Herefordshire is an example of a place that understands the importance of nature as a part of rejuvenating a person’s spiritual health, whether it is through Buddhist or Christian retreats, or through yoga, tai chi, or even art sessions, or psychotherapy.  What is important is not so much the particular method of meditation or relaxation, but the environment in which it is done, and that it is a natural one.

A number of medical journals have highlighted the importance of how ‘healthy nature creates healthy people’, but you don’t need delve deep into the science of it to understand the connection. It’s pretty clear from the number of people you see living in urban environments seeking out and relaxing in public parks and green spaces to see how important it is to most people that at least a part of their time is spent in a space not surrounded by buildings. Studies into this desire for green space link it to the fact that up until very recently the human population’s interaction with nature was very direct and natural events had a significant influence on all human life. With industrialisation, and ‘westernisation’, the improvement of medical knowledge and general living conditions, many people in Western countries life expectancies have doubled, but the likelihood of getting a mental, behavioural or social health problem has also increased. Many scientists put this down to the rapid change of environment that has occurred for many human beings.

The science aside, natural environment is evidently something that needs to be treasured and maintained, and places like Poulstone Court are valuable in helping people reconnect with the natural world. They can be found at www.poulstone.com/buddhist.php

 

 
 
 
 

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