Could you be suffering from ‘nature deficit disorder?’ I used to feel more ‘at home’ inside reading a book, but now I’ve come to cherish my outdoor hiking, snorkeling, and gardening time. The scenic state parks here in Indiana offer so much peace and beauty for the nature seeker. But closer to home it’s also easy to bond with nature: Take a walk. Plant a tree. Watch a sunset. Anna Bowness-Park writing for Project Eve’s Getting Balance in this week’s edition, helps us to see clearly that terms like ‘ecotherapy’ and ‘nature deficit disorder’ just complicate our simple and natural bond with nature. Enjoy her article and her compilation of great quotes from thought-pioneers writing about nature and the divine. Here’s Anna:
The understanding that nature benefits our mental and physical health seems obvious. However, the outdoors is now being touted as a new therapy called ecotherapy – or restorative contact with nature. What scientists have been studying is what our mothers and grandmothers already knew – – that being outside is good for us. In fact, being out in nature, according to studies is as good for us an anti-depressants or some other medications.
And, there’s another new term coined by scientists who are studying the effect of a lack of nature in our lives. It’s called “nature deficit disorder”, which of course ecotherapy is called upon to correct.
What these new names do for me is to complicate and medicalize what should be a natural and simple activity.
For many people, being outdoors can be a restorative – even spiritual – experience, whether it is conscious or not.
The American botanist and scientist George Washington Carver once said about nature, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which the divine speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”….