THE POWER OF NATURE:
It has been proven over and over that being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature reduce anger, fear, stress, and increase pleasant feelings.
Research done in hospitals, offices, and schools has found that even a simple plant in a room can have a significant impact on stress and anxiety.
Nature helps us cope with pain too-- a classic study of gallbladder surgery patients in recovery illustrate: one half of this recovery group was placed into a room with a view of trees, while the other half had a view of a solid wall. The patients with the view of tress tolerated pain better and even spent less time in the hospital than the "walled" group.
In one study published in Mind 95% of people interviewed after spending time outside said their mood improved.
Andrea Taylor's research on children with ADHA showed that time spent in nature increased the subjects attention span afterward.
Studies that have used fMRI's to measure brain activity found that participants who were viewing nature scenes, the part of their brains associated with empathy and love "lit up," and that when the same group viewed urban scenes, the parts of the brain associated with fear and anxiety were activated.
The practices we present in our program not only are meant to be experienced outside in nature, they also allow the body to feel and become more receptive to the powerful energy of nature. In contrast, anti-nature influence, namely screens from all our various technology, have an adverse effect. Here's what you should know:
1) A 2011 study from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that time in front of screens was directly associated with a higher risk of death, independent of physical activity!
2) The Mayo Clinic recommends two hours maximum per day for children to be in front of screens. More than two hours per day have serious consequences, including obesity, behavioral problems, irregular sleep, dampened creativity, poor academic performance, and violent tendencies.