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Monday, April 14, 2014
The Effect of Nature on the Human Mind
Have you wondered how caught up we get in our daily lives that we hardly make the time to bond with nature. In our spare time, we either watch TV, play games, sit on the computer or meet friends. That has a negative impact on our health.
There is a term called ‘Ecopsychology’ which shows the connection between ecology and human psychology. Well, hope this doesn’t sound too boring, but its a simple theory which we just forget.
Distancing yourself from nature and finding comfort in this concrete jungle has negative effect on humans, mentally and physically, and even nature.
We develop less empathy towards nature, so end up destroying what we never created, but the fact remains that humans have an emotional bond with Mother Nature, which we remain oblivious to.
Going out of town closer to nature, participating in nature activities, or going for a walk in the park, not only gives you some peace of mind, but also helps you to switch off for a while. Even looking at a beautiful landscape picture can make you feel light.
How can we disconnect from nature? Ecopsychology explores how to embrace nature without judging it, and that way we can be one with nature and feel in harmony. Many therapists have used ecopsychology to treat mental illnesses or disorders. Greenery has a spiritual healing effect on our senses, that’s why people prefer to meditate in the open.
Many tribes like the aborigines, shamans, pagan led a nomadic life, with very little damage done to the environment. Their lives were so entwined with nature that destroying their land or significant place would be devastating for them.
Its about sustainable living, if people had realised that our planet wouldn’t be facing such a grim situation. Ecopsychology helps to understand the inevitable connection between humans and nature.