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Heal Yourself with Nature

Triple Falls, Oregon
Taylor at Triple Falls in Oregon

We have all heard how wonderful nature is and what it can do for you but sometimes we as humans take it for granted. Sometimes it is not intentional but for some, that may be true. I believe nature has a special connection to every single person whether you realize it or not. We all eat, drink, and breathe from this Earth, so I’d say that is a huge connection to it. But how can we connect with nature more? How can we get the most out of it without taking too much? Here are a few ways to help us enjoy nature more.

Human power and strength come from mother earth and all living things. When we can come to inner harmony with our-selves and the power of nature we can start to heal.

1. Respect Nature

Nature provides much more than humans need on this planet to survive. We must only take what we need. The less we take, the more nature can provide. Failing to respect Mother Earth and the powers that created her can take a toll on physical and emotional health - as Native Americans believed.

If you take, you must also give.

Punch Bowl Falls
Taylor at Punch Bowl Falls

2. Appreciate the World Around You

How often are we outside? The weekend camping trips, snowboarding on the perfect snowy day, or even a lovely evening stroll with the dog, we can take for granted. Have you ever heard of the phrase “Stop and smell the roses.”? It means to look around you and learn to appreciate what is in front of you in this present moment.

Taking a Photo of Punch Bowl Falls
Josh taking a photo of Punch Bowl Falls in Oregon

Nature has a way of inspiring people to do extraordinary things like rock climbing, surfing, capturing perfect wildlife moments through the lens of a camera, or with the bristles of a paintbrush. Be creative with that inspiration. You will find it to be quite therapeutic.

Being away from modern society monotony can help our soul become at ease while the stress dissolves out of our lives and allows us to tap into our natural well being.

Cleaning Wolf Lodge Bay in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Taylor and Shannon cleaning up Wolf Lodge Bay in Coeur d'Alene, ID

4. Reduce Waste

Have you ever thought about how much waste one household builds up over the span of a year? Think about how many times a week you have to throw out the trash. That is A LOT OF TRASH!

"in order to healthfully, people must learn to live in harmony with the world around them" —Porter Shimmer

Trash is everywhere and continues to build up daily. There are simple ways to reduce the amount of trash a household creates by merely changing your outlook on the products you buy. Opt for glass bottles instead of plastic bottles or paper bags instead of plastic bags. Or better yet, reusable bags. By being aware of the products you buy, it could mean hundreds of pounds of trash a year that won’t be going into the landfills and ocean. And for you, you will feel much better about the good you are doing for the world and future generations.

5. Give Back to Nature

Giving back to nature may sound a little difficult. How do we do that? There are a few ways you can give back.

  1. Start a garden. If your home allows for a garden, go for it! You’re adding GREEN back to nature while keeping some “GREEN” in your pocket. Win-win!

  2. Compost food waste. Instead of throwing it in the trash, create a composting bin to give back nutrients to the earth. Or save it for livestock.

  3. Clean up the streets. Technically we are talking here, but we are taking what should have never been given. Nature never intended on having an overabundance of straws in the sea to harm wildlife but here we are today.

If every single person helped clean up our streets, hiking trails, and conservation lands, we would be at a completely different level than we are now.

Getting the most out of nature means we have to do a little more to protect it. Protect wildlife, protect species that are going extinct, and protect our water by being aware. Doing all these things every single day will help you appreciate nature more. You’ll get to experience how beautiful nature is and this is how you feed your soul good food.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have gained value from this nature-inspired post!


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