Why We Love Nature – Spring Break 2017
There’s a theme to our vacations – NATURE! Whether we’re in Nuevo Vallarta swimming in the ocean or hiking in a national park, we’re out absorbing the negative ions. To have a break from screen time, our phones often stay at home. We leave behind the narrow focus of being in our heads and get into the expansive quality of being in our bodies.
Nothing supports this more than moving and breathing fresh air. A new place opens our minds and our experience of life expands. Being in the ocean or on top of a mountain gives us that momentary relief of being small in comparison to the vastness of nature. In this environment, problems fade and worries disappear.
This is the opposite of being on phones or computers where it’s all about heady information and what other people are doing. Teens especially need this. They’re so inundated with peer pressure and screen time. Unplugging from their culture frees them up to be themselves without gossip or Instagram postings.
Adventures in nature get us in touch with our emergent energy, that free-flowing creative force that gives a sense of meaning and fun. It inspires us to be more than our egos, incomes, grades, and how we dress. Being in nature actually resets our nervous system.
What messages are you giving your teen about priorities and living a healthy life? If you’re stressed out and running around to survive, your teen will pick this up as a way of life. If you demonstrate a sense of trust that there’s enough time and money and that you’re in charge of your life, they’ll feel more confident and relaxed too.
Richard and I are always practicing this – slowing down, trusting, balancing the demands of daily life, which brings me back to nature. For those of us in Marin, hiking trails are easily accessible and even a short walk can make a huge difference. Get out there! Perhaps your teen will follow.
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