Native American Indians practice something that has become known as the 7th generation principle. This is an approach whereby every action and development considers not just its impact on their own children, but on their children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children.
This connectedness to nature and the planet is something our ancestors would have felt up until the dawn of agriculture. Our hunter-gatherer instincts have all but vanished now, but in the past, our survival relied on our understanding and relationship with nature, and whilst life expectancy has increased (thanks to medicinal advances) our physical heath and ability to connect and rely on nature has deteriorated.
Immersing yourself within the wibbly-wobbly, perfectly imperfect natural world is a fantastic way to improve your quality of life. The benefits of a nature connection are both physical and mental. We all know that trees produce the oxygen we breathe, and so it makes sense that walking in the woods will provide a true ‘breath of fresh air’. Coupled with the physical exertion of walking on the uneven footing of the natural world, you will quickly find yourself feeling healthier and full of life.
Mentally, time spent reconnecting with nature has been scientifically shown to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and improve concentration and clarity. Whether you take a daily walk in the woods or undertake nature workshops and mindfulness in nature, the benefits are easily accessible. Not got the time to join our events and volunteer days? Have no fear, just check out the Woodland Trust's
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Spending time in nature will give you a new perspective, awareness and value for it that will turn to a desire to protect it and all those that rely on it (including us!).