WHY spending time in Nature is both good for your comfort & danger zones!

We all have a comfort zone right? The place of ease, relief, and security but nothing really grows there. Including your self-confidence, self-efficacy, self-belief and abilities; all the aspects of self that you want to grow in order to live a happy, content life.

Your danger zone, for all aspects of this informative piece, is the place for challenges, risks, test and growth! We all want to elevate higher, gain knowledge and experiences in order to develop as human are right?! Or that just my innate need to understand this crazy path of life?

Humans as primitive creatures are risk adverse will avoid, deflect and dodge them seemingly rough and uncomfortable aspects of life. It’s within our psyche that we protect our well-being, however in our primitively built models, this transcends into the psyche where we crave comfort and reject the unknown, the challenges unless we are given an easy path. We desire more but avoid the hard work it takes to get us to be my where we want to be. WHY? Read last week’s musing on Self sabotage.

This week I want to share WHY spending time in Nature is cathartic for the soul, for experience that lead to building self-efficacy, confidence and growth!

When we spend time outdoors in the elements of winter, spring, autumn and summer we are exposed to the different seasons, exposure to cold, hot, wet, windy and dry. We can’t but accept what is delivered on any given day. When we chose to get outdoors and explore under these conditions we can either be uncomfortable or we can prepare, pack or dress appropriately and get out there!

Acceptance is one of the main concepts of Mindfulness. It allows us to understand that we surrender control and when we accept what is, we allow a calmer state of mind. One of receiving rather than control. Funnily enough when we accept what it, we can control our internal emotional thermostat.

Nature not only teaches us about acceptance but of the interconnectedness of all things. We rely on the trees for the oxygen we breathe, our life source and detoxify the carbon dioxide from the air we exhale.

Nature holds a relationship with everything around it, including us! There is an ebb and flow. A syncing that goes beyond what we can see. The eco-system is alive with life and death cycles and feeding one into another, an exchange of energy.