“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
― Vincent Van Gogh
And the most gorgeous part is that green nature’s beauty is free. Another nice part is that it can be as small as a flower in a pot and it can still bring you joy and inspiration.
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Nature is all around us, and its importance is huge for humanity.
Take for example the Chugach State Park, the third-largest state park in the US and also the biggest urban park in the world. The rich flora and fauna spans across the magnificent 495,204 acres in south-central Alaska.
“The region contains extensive ocean shoreline, abundant lakes, massive glaciers, and ice fields. The park’s westernmost boundary lies in the western foothills of the Chugach Mountain Range and is a mere seven miles to the east of downtown Anchorage. The park is further defined by the Knik Arm on the north, Turnagain Arm on the south, and Upper and Lower Lake George and Chugach National Forest on the east.” – Alaska Department of Natural Resources
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Or the most beautiful San Francisco Golden Gate Park, consisting of 1,017 acres with museums, Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tee garden (the oldest public one in the US) and, among other places, the California Academy of Sciences, founded in 1853, making it the oldest scientific institution in the western United States.
On the other side, there are places where people had no space to build parks, and yet they learned to include nature in unconventional ways:
Take for example Singapore’s Changi Airport. Being one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia, it keeps a throne as the World’s Best Airport by Skytrax for the seventh consecutive year since 2013. And it’s no wonder, just look at the photo below!
Speaking of joining nature and cities – vertical forests are getting implemented around the world to help tackle pollution – they absorb carbon dioxide, filter dust from pollution and produce oxygen.
The bond between a man and nature seems unbreakable. So how do we use it for raising our vibe and getting inspiration?
We use our senses to get in contact with nature.
Visual Healing With Green Nature
Green is the color of life, renewal, nature, and energy, and it is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility, and the environment. While we observe our green surroundings we soak in the positivity and vitality.
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The color green revitalizes us when we are physically, mentally or emotionally exhausted. If you can, find a piece of nature. It can be a park near your home or a planted flower in your garden. Sit in close to it and observe its characteristics. Look at how bright and “alive” the color of the leaves is. Take it all in with deep breaths.
If you are really stuck and can’t visit a park or you’re in any way stopped from reaching out to nature, meditate with green color. Green is associated with the Heart Chakra and by meditating with your focus on it, you wake it up.
How to meditate with colors?
Sit comfortably and take time to relax, take as long as you need. Then try to visualize yourself immersed in green. Green is all around you, it’s fresh and vital and you are breathing it in, deeply. Stay in this meditation for as long as you need. After practicing it a few times you’ll notice you feel better. (Hint – this meditation can be done with any color, depending on the Chakras you wish to wake up).
Getting in Touch With Your Tree
Hugging a tree helps your brain release oxytocin, and it helps you connect with nature and ground yourself. Trees are the lungs of our planet, but they also have longevity and strong root systems. In a spiritual way, trees have witnessed generations of humans coming and passing and stood strong, yet still, they are flexible when the storms hit their trunks and branches.
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If you look at Celtic Tree Astrology, you will find “your tree”. If that’s not your cup of tea, I’m pretty sure you can hug any tree out there and still reap the benefits.
Sniff the Grass
The saying goes “smell the roses” but smelling the grass is a bit different.
**Skip this one if you’re allergic to pollen and similar allergens!
If you don’t have a grass to trim in your backyard, try to find a place nearby where they’ve recently trimmed it. Try to catch on that scent of freshness and just relax. You won’t need much time, but you’ll feel rejuvenated.
Listen to the Forest
If you live close to a forest or a park, try to take a walk at least a few times a month. Listen to the trees and branches moving and feel the ground below your feet. Focus on being grounded and present at the moment. With a little more free time, you might catch a sunset or a sunrise and enjoy the view. Listen to the birds and movement of the animals.
Still, if you’re farther away from the forest or parks, play the sounds of nature. It will fill your home with pleasant vibes.
What else can you do? Help this planet by planting a tree or enrich your living space with a house plant. And never forget:
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“Listen to the air. You can hear it, feel it, smell it, taste it. Woniya wakan—the holy air—which renews all by its breath. Woniya, woniya wakan—spirit, life, breath, renewal—it means all that. Woniya—we sit together, don’t touch,
but something is there; we feel it between us, as a presence. A good way to start thinking about nature, talk about it. Rather talk to it, talk to the rivers, to the lakes, to the winds as to our relatives.”
― John (Fire) Lame Deer, Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions
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