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musings from linda 10/20/23


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“Oh my gosh,” you say…. “WHERE can I get it??? And HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?”

Answer: It lies right outside your door — and costs , get this — NOTHING…! Nada...!! Zip…!!!


All you have to do is to devote some time (unplugged from technology) to being OUTSIDE and soaking up the wonders of God’s beautiful world.


REALLY? That’s it????

For centuries, physicians, psychologists, philosophers and all manner of wise people have touted the health benefits of being outdoors in nature. Only recently, however, has it been determined how MUCH time is ENOUGH to have a strong sense of well-being… In a study of 20,000 people, a team led by Mathew White of the European Center for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter found that people who spent TWO HOURS a WEEK in green spaces — either all at once or spaced over several visits — were SUBSTANTIALLY more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don’t.


The results cut across different occupations, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, people from rich and poor areas and included people with chronic diseases and disabilities.

TWO HOURS was an important hard line, though! The study, published in 2019, showed little benefit for those who didn’t meet the 120 minutes which — if spaced out evenly over the week — is a mere 17 minutes per day.


AND — it is important that people not only VISUALLY interact with the world but also DEEPEN their experience, making it more immersive. Researchers who studied “forest bathing” — prevalent in Japan — found that taking walks in the woods and simply enjoying the presence of trees created a host of long-lasting benefits for body and mind alike! Forest bathing is different from exercising in that the focus is on stepping back from the cares of our everyday lives and allowing ourselves just to soak up the forest air — and simply to BE…

SMELL is one very important way that forest bathing works its wonders! Apparently, earth-smells interact with our brains to produce an increased sense of peace and well-being… and not JUST well-being , but increased immunity to disease.


Pay attention to this fact — PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPENT TIME IN THE FOREST HAVE HIGHER LEVELS OF “NATURAL KILLER-CELLS” — critical to the body’s ability to fight off viruses and even to prevent tumors from growing! As Dr. David Perlmutter noted in his book BRAIN WASH,“ the mere sniff of a certain scent can shift brain waves from those associated with disease and cognitive decline to those linked with health and wellness.”


WOW…

Sooooo — it is LITERALLY beneficial when we “take time to smell the roses” or sniff the fragrance of evergreens or the damp earth beneath our feet… Furthermore, people who are exposed to natural beauty are also more likely to behave helpfully and to display empathy toward others. If everyone in the world went forest bathing, we would have more peace on our planet…


It is clear that we ALL need nature in order to thrive!


This Sunday’s choral anthem CARE FOR CREATION by Pepper Choplin (click on this link for a preview) encourages us to SHOW our thanksgiving for the amazing blessings of our Creator by committing to NURTURE our earth…


“The measure of my days is how I care for the creation of the Lord…

I will worship my Creator, and care for the creation

CARE FOR the creation of the Lord!”


May it be so.

Amen and AMEN and AMEN!!!

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