Exercising in the great outdoors can be exhilarating and rewarding. The fresh air, beautiful scenery, and wildlife serve as a magnificent backdrop for maintaining our physical well-being. But what happens to our experience in the outdoors when our routine changes? This week, Lucien Meadows recounts the tale of a personal journey through recovery from an injury, and how it allowed him to discover a new world in a place he once thought familiar.
We invite you to join us for Forest Bathing Day, when Forest Therapy Guides worldwide lead a connected walk experience for all people. This day emphasizes connection with the Earth and other nature enthusiasts, no matter the distance between us.
Flowing water, emerald hillsides, and mossy forests can give us a sense of relaxation, even if viewed in a picture. This week, photography student Cara MacNally shares her work with us, which focuses on the calming effect of nature through the lens of a camera.
This week's poetry showcase depicts the transformative experience of spending time alone in nature. Hannah Smith describes through poetry how a solo camping excursion helped her see the world, and herself, through new eyes.
The thought of death can be worrisome and uncomfortable to us. But this week, Rebecca Lexa discusses death as merely a new beginning - both as a transition of matter and chemicals, and as a beautiful process of nature that perpetuates life.
What role do animals play on our journey to developing meaningful connections with nature? This week, F. R. Gagliano depicts her encounter with a deer in the woods, and how the experience brought her closure and hope.
Sometimes as we get older we lose touch with our inner child. But playing isn't just for kids. Becky Howie's article shows how unstructured play is beneficial for adults in a myriad of ways - and how nature amplifies those benefits.
This week, Clare Kelley explores darkness as a positive and restorative facet of the natural world, and shows us ways that we can learn and heal from it.
Fiery sunsets, windswept deserts, and life thriving in the sands: explore the aisles of nature's museum in this week's creative art photo display by Suzi Minor.
We are often overwhelmed by the dark clouds that hang over our lives. Life has a tendency to send hurricanes to ruin our sunny days, but this week, Elizabeth Gomez teaches us that our emotional experience of the world mirrors the seasons and cycles of weather: no matter how loud the thunder crashes, "this too shall pass."
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