More and more science is showing the benefits and even the need for our connection to the more than human world. Our bodies, our minds, our spirits all evolved in conjunction with the natural world. There is no separating us from nature, we are nature.
As we evolved as a species, our nervous systems physiologically attuned to natures sights, colors, textures, to natural sounds of bird song or water flowing, our biorhythms attuned to the movements of the sun and the change of seasons. Psychologically we need nature as well. Research is showing that as little as a few hours connecting with nature can have benefits that last for weeks.
Studies on the benefits of nature include the discoveries of phytoncides (volatile chemicals released from plants) that help boost our immune function and fight cancer, reduction in blood pressure, anti depression chemicals found in the soil, increased ability to focus, mood elevation, increased energy levels and more. In addition there is increasing evidence of time spent in nature’s effect on increased ability to communicate, clearer intuition, deepening of eros and life energy.
It has been so well researched that in Japan, their physicians now prescribe nature therapy and there are a series of locations around the country where people go to experience shinrin-yoku or forest bathing, a deep sensorial connection with nature. Now you don't have to go to Japan to experience it.