- On September 16, 2019
Linda offers insight and wise options into
health and wellness!
Director of Spa & Fitness, The Spa at Auberge Beach, Fort Lauderdale Florida Spa Association Board Chair
Connecting with our Natural World
Whether you live near the blue ocean, tall mountains, arid desert or the green forest, research shows that connecting with nature has a profound effect on our mind. The practice of grounding, earthing, forest bathing and soaking, are natural ways to connect us as humans, directly with a living source of nature. The wind, colors, sounds, and scents all trigger the senses. The benefits of less stress, relaxation, and awareness suddenly becomes palpable.
Living on the Florida Coast, I personally connect as much as possible, with what I like to call the oceans “healing waters” with a good soak of salt water therapy. The feeling and energy of the ocean is more than just skin deep. Its holistic effects whether warm, hot or cold, linger for days and help to reset our mind, body and spirit for a more productive life. As your skin releases endorphins in response to the blood flow effects of water, the body is suddenly re-invigorated. Driving to work daily on a long stretch of oceanfront on route A1A, I am often amazed at the natural wonder before me. A landscape of magical water that changes each day and never looks the same. The feeling of calmness one day is easily replaced with a burst of energy the next day.
Wallace J. Nichols wrote in his book Blue Mind, that being near, in, on or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do. Because our love of water is so pervasive, it’s hard to ignore the many sensations and benefits of being in water. Research has confirmed the many benefits of connecting with nature in any form.
So next time you are out for a walk in the trees, hiking up a mountain or simply splashing in the water, take a moment to be mindful of all that surrounds you and all that is within you.