You don't have to take a trip to the redwoods to experience the power of nature. This week, Arlene Kim Suda and Belinda Liu share their "Gratitude Blooming" project, which teaches us that the little plants, flowers, and animals that surround us in everyday life can inspire us to heal and grow.
There is more than one way to reconnect with nature. This week, Barbara Wiegele reminds us that we are what we eat, and teaches us how to immerse ourselves in nature by making it a part of our bodies.
Art is often inspired by the beauty and color of nature. This week, artist Nicola Rowe takes us through her process of walking in nature and creating abstract works based on the feelings, ideas, and sensations it provides.
What role does nature play in alleviating emotional and psychological trauma in people? This week, Risto Heikkinen shares a very personal story about his journey into the woods, where he moved through the darkness of depression and into the light of a more present life.
This week, author Joanna Schapel shares two of her nature-inspired poems.
In this week's Photography Showcase, ANFT Guide Mentor Ben "Crow" Page shares his poetry and photography from Switzer Falls Trail in Angeles National Forest, California.
Plants can play an important role in healing the body, and are the raw materials for almost all of humankind's traditional medicines. However, some cultures also use plants for deep psychological and emotional healing. This week, Liza Pullman takes us on her amazing journey through the Amazon Rainforest and into her own mind, revealing how she confronted buried trauma through an Ayahuasca ceremony.
Many stories about nature are told from a human point of view, and are about the experience of adventuring into the wilderness. In this week's article, Denise Robinson examines the forest from a very different perspective, and imagines how a tree might perceive its visitors.
So much of life depends upon the comforts and distractions of the modern world, and we sometimes forget the importance of disconnecting and just "being." In this week's article, Ruth Steggles reveals how a life-changing illness helped her family rekindle their love for nature, and how listening to the wilds taught her an important lesson about mindfulness.
"Sit Spot" is the practice of finding a place in nature to sit quiet and still, allowing the senses to be flooded by the environment. This week, Corinne H. Smith teaches us how to get the most out of this experience by helping us notice all the subtle nuances of our surroundings.
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