Nature is a beautiful way to stop the monkey mind in its’ tracks.
“Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. Fear is an especially loud monkey pointing out all the things we should be wary of and everything that could go wrong.” Source: HuffPost
When we’re caught up in stressful thoughts, our amygdala goes into overdrive. When we’re stressed out, we get stuck in the basement of our brain where our stressful thoughts go around and around and around..
The impact of nature on the human spirit is so profound that a hallmark study in 1984 showed that patients who had a room with a view healed faster than patients without a view. A mere glimpse of nature was enough to enhance their resilience.
Nature shifts our thoughts. Expands our awareness. Gives us hope. Lifts us up from the basement of our brains (amygdala) to the penthouse (cortex) where all solutions are possible.