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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

—Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

 

There was a period of time in American culture where authors and philosophers were in love with the outdoors. Nature and how it made them feel became a poetic point of wonder. Revering in the enormity of wisdom, these authors brought nature to people who couldn’t access more than the acres of their homes or streets of their cities.

Throughout time countless stories of people leaving daily city life for the solitude of nature, even if only for a short period of time, have left an important lesson. After leaving it all behind and being one with nature, people change. Infinitely more wise, humbled, inspired, grounded- nature can radically shift someone’s being.

Long term travel is not the only way to reap nature’s benefits. A recent study has found that just 30 minutes in “nature” per week reduces the risks of high blood pressure and depression. In urban areas with nothing more than a street corner park with grass and trees, people still see an increase in health by spending time in these ‘green’ locations.

Nature is immensely spiritual and healing. Taking mindful walks through nature is a meditative exercise that should be experienced in life. If being out in a big quiet place with nothing but thoughts is intimidating, consider this. 90 minutes in nature alters neural activity. Nature changes the brain, for the better. Scientists found that repetitive, negative thoughts about the self went on the decline after spending time in a greenland area.

Recovery and nature go hand in hand. Both are experiences of recognizing powers greater than humankind. Nature is humbling, as is the recovery process. Many treatment programs will include weekly hikes, beach walks, or park visits. Getting outside into the natural human element is an important process. Surrounded by natural things, humans can be more human, however strange that may sound. Without the depressing distractions of technology, stress, and societal demands, nature provides a space for humans to simply be.

 

Sound Recovery Solutions is located in beautiful Delray Beach, Florida. We are surrounded by pristine beaches, mangrove forests, nature preserves and the lush tropical greenery of South Florida. We offer intensive outpatient treatment programs to men seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Call us today for more information 561-666-7427

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