Nature. There was a time when it meant bugs and dirt, neither of which was appealing. This was true for both me and my oldest son who is jumping in this picture because he’s playing, not because he’s trying to get away from bugs.
We enjoy being out in out now, hiking up steep cliffs and meandering paths alike. So what changed? The main thing, I think, is our weight. It is far more fun hiking around when your knees and feet aren’t hurting from carrying extra weight and your legs aren’t rubbing together on the way. When we were much heavier (Abe has dropped 190 pounds and I have dropped 85), hiking just made us feel bad because it was a reminder of how obese we were.
When our health problems, including obesity and inflammation related issues, prevent us from moving in a comfortable way, we tend to get stagnant. We tend to avoid getting outside and active, finding ourselves less present in nature. It’s just less painful physically and emotionally. But the more stagnant we get, the more our problems increase, and an unhealthy cycle has been activated.
At whatever level you are at being out in nature can help you. Challenge yourself to find some place new, a forest to stroll in or a beach to walk down at your own pace. Maybe an ocean swim if you live close to the beach. Drink in the colors and smells around you here for you to enjoy. Let that restore your energy and bring you back into balance, away from technology. Focus on the beauty of the sky. Listen to the quiet or the sounds of the landscape.
Nature. Play in it. Drink it in. Let it be your medicine.