To the Editor:
When was the last time that you enjoyed a simple walk in nature and took in the sights, the colors, the sounds, the smells. People that plant gardens know what feelings I am talking about. Some how in this stressful society, we have forgotten how to nurture ourselves, one of which being nature.
People walk for exercise, but how often do you see them talking on their iPhones or connected to ear buds? When was the last time you walked barefoot in grass or on sand and felt the texture beneath your feet? Preferably on non-chemical laden surfaces. This is called earthing or grounding and many articles have been written about the health advantages.
I have even picked up a magazine from a special edition of TIME called "The New Mindfulness." Many of the articles are about nature and being more mindful of things around us. I can see why my father loved to go fishing in the north woods of Wisconsin in the 50s and 60s, when I was young. It was a way for him to disconnect with the stresses of owning a business and enjoy nature.
I sometimes feel that Mother Nature is crying "tears of rain" because we have forgotten how important she really is for our sustenance and well being. There has to be a balance in nature and guess who will win out. Take time for yourself in nature, honor the land, and see how better you feel.