Ecology of Caring Blog
Nature as a Quality of Life Tool
"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter;
to be thrilled by the stars at night;
to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring -
these are some of the rewards of the simple life."
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, 75-90% of illness and disease is stress related. In addition, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health report that healthcare expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.
There is mounting evidence linking stress to skyrocketing health care and insurance costs. The dollar signs associated with stress related illness are just the tip of the iceberg, however. Also at risk are our personal and work relationships, the health and wellness of our children, our ability and capacity to care for others in our families and communities, and in some cases even our lives.
If you've landed here, we believe it's no accident. We believe it's because we share a common vision - a desire for well-being and a desire to lead a more purposeful life more strongly connected to each other and all living things and to help others do the same.
Especially now, as we live further removed from our historic roots to the land, reconnecting to our natural environment can help us answer some of today's greatest challenges. When we integrate the wonders of Nature into our lives and workplaces, we feel better, work better, and live better. Our planet is better for it too.
We invite you to take just one moment to remember and experience the life-giving capacity in nature. Find a view or a breath of fresh air. Contemplate for just one single moment and let nature invade your senses, exhilarate your mind, intoxicate your spirit. Enjoy! If you're like most of us, in 60 seconds you've just experienced nature as a quality of life tool. Go ahead - she doesn't mind being used to bring us joy! And hopefully it reminds us of the importance to return the favor.