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Nature and Stress

By December 7, 2009 Uncategorized

Several years ago, a study revealed that hospital patients who have a view of trees (and perhaps other aspects of the natural world) seem to recover sooner and are discharged earlier than those who didn’t have the same view. Much can be drawn from these conclusions, but suffice to say that when given the chance, nature embues many healing qualities; from tranquil scenes that promote a sense of inner peace to the many herbs and spices that grace our foods. It was such a study (and decades of my own personal experiences in nature) that lead me to film, direct and produce the documentary, Earth Songs: Mountains, Water and the Healing Power of Nature. I am happy to say that the movie is complete and now available for those times when getting out in nature isn’t as easy (e.g. cancer patients and the chronically ill). Having just returned from a conference held in Anchorage I was lucky enough to get a window seat as my flight flew over the inland passage of Southeast Alaska. The views of the snow covered mountains at the edges of the northern Pacific ocean were spellbinding. Indeed nature holds many healing qualities to diffuse the feelings of stress.

• Stress Tip of the Day
No matter how busy your day is, or how cold the weather might be, bundle up and step outside to take a breath of fresh air, and give a moment of gratitude to Mother Nature.

• Links Worth Noting:
In a episode of shameless promotion, here are three links to Earth Songs (now posted on Youtube.) Let me know what you think. For more information on ordering Earth Songs ($25 + S&H), please go to the home page of my website and you will find an order form in the menu bar.

• Earth Songs Documentary Introduction
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3JxqyCvZVk

• Earth Songs Meditation (song: Prairie Moon by Michael Hoppe)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swE5aYurZcg

• Earth Songs Movie Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_ktYuzEv8E

• Photo of the Day:
Today’s photo is a composite of three photos taken during the filming of Earth Songs that became the cover of this new DVD.

• Quote for the Day:
“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ”
—John Muir

Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (6E). He can be reached through his website:www.brianlukeseaward.net

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