Nature: A Green Prescription for Health

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June 2010

Nature: A Green Prescription for Health.

When was the last time you experienced nature? How did it make you feel? Spending time in, and increasing one’s awareness of, nature can have a rejuvenating effect on the spirit and create a more balanced personal and professional life. Learn how to cultivate awareness of and balance with the natural world around you to enhance your relationships and maximize your mental health and clarity.

Greetings!

Thank you for reading the summer issue of the Leap Forward Coaching, LLC Newsletter. This newsletter is inspired by clients who are working with me to achieve a richer and more fulfilling life. I hope you find at least one suggestion, thought, or idea to inspire and encourage you. In this edition, our topic is Nature: A Green Prescription for Health. Learn to become more fully attuned to nature, the weather, and seasons. We’ll explore the benefits of incorporating nature into our personal and professional lives.

May your New Year be filled with peace, joy, and fulfillment, Melanie Ott

Inspirational Quotes

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. ~Henry David Thoreau

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding. ~Francis Bacon

Tonic of Wilderness: Bring Nature Into Your Life

When was the last time you experienced nature? How did it make you feel? Many of us spend our lives largely indoors. We commute in cars, spend our days in an office building or at home, and even exercise inside. Even before Henry David Thoreau coined the phrase “Tonic of Wilderness,” most people have known that spending time in, and increasing one’s awareness of, nature can have a rejuvenating effect on the spirit and create a more balanced personal and professional life.

A recent University of Rochester study found that nature makes us nicer, bringing out social feelings, and enhancing our value of community and close relationships. Additional benefits include more rapid healing, stress reduction, improved mental performance, and vitality.

In summertime we are often more aware of the lack of nature in our lives, as blue skies and warm temperatures beckon to us from outside our buildings and automobiles. Even then we can become focused on what we are missing instead of trying to infuse our lives with more natural experiences. Try these for mini-doses of the tonic of wilderness:

Tips For Practicing Seasonal Mindfulness

Try these tips for seasonal mindfulness to increase your gratitude for and sync yourself with the weather around you.

Further Reading on Multitasking & Mindfulness

Focus on the Future …

What do these important issues have to do with you? Simply put: cultivating awareness of and balance with the natural world around you can maximize your mental health and clarity while enhancing your relationships.

At Leap Forward Coaching, LLC, we have a process that will empower you to live more skillfully by increasing your awareness of the forces and factors shaping your self-image, worldview and your ability to achieve your full potential for success and happiness. By guiding you through your life as it unfolds, we can help you become more fully aware of your strengths, resilience and resourcefulness.

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