Finding harmony between nature and humans

Nature provides a place for life, a source of food and water, and a wide amount of land for exploration. (Photo by Archie Binamira/Pexels)

Nature provides a place for life, a source of food and water, and a wide amount of land for exploration. (Photo by Archie Binamira/Pexels)

December 1, 2018 | by Ella James

Nature is a crucial component for all life to thrive. It provides a place for life, a source of food and water, and a wide amount of land for exploration. Both wildlife and humans thrive in nature. In this day and age, sometimes we forget to treat Mother Nature with the respect she deserves. With pollution, deforestation, climate change and other concerns, there must be ways to make peace with nature. And fortunately, there are.

Matching nature’s pace

To find peace with nature, it is important that we adapt to the pace at which nature renews itself. We are cutting down trees, polluting the air and poisoning our planet, its ecosystems and its wildlife at rapid rates.

Nature’s resources are available for our use; the issue isn’t that. The issue is how quickly we are depleting the renewable — and most importantly, the non-renewable — resources we have. But matching nature’s pace of renewing itself ensures we won’t take nature’s assets for granted.

Appreciating what nature provides

Appreciating what nature provides is crucial if we wish to create harmony between humans and nature. It is important for us to be aware that nature provides important resources for humans and wildlife, including food to nourish our bodies and water to keep us hydrated. There are even medicines derived from nature, such as aloe vera. 

Finding peace in nature

Meditating in nature can make you feel one with your surroundings. (Photo by Spencer Selover/Pexels)

Meditating in nature can make you feel one with your surroundings. (Photo by Spencer Selover/Pexels)

Just appreciating the nature around us can feed our souls with peace. Finding peace in nature can be as simple as feeling the wind in your hair or the grass between your toes. It can also mean appreciating the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes that nature has to offer. Even meditating in nature can make you feel at one with your surroundings.

But the relationship is one not one-sided. When you feel peace from nature, you can find peace with nature, and as a result will be more likely to do something to protect the environment. Feeling peace with nature is beautiful.

Spending time in nature

Spending time in nature is one way we can better understand our planet and its needs. When we spend more time in nature, it can give back in numerous ways. For one, spending time in nature has been shown to improve mental health and reduce our stress levels.

According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 50 per cent of humans living in urbanized regions are at a higher risk of mental illness. If we can dedicate ourselves to time in nature, we will feel the benefits.

Putting nature in the people's hands

When people are in charge of conserving and being a part of nature, it gives them a greater appreciation for it. (Photo by Daria Shevtsova/Pexels)

When people are in charge of conserving and being a part of nature, it gives them a greater appreciation for it. (Photo by Daria Shevtsova/Pexels)

It isn’t enough just to read about the environmental concerns of nature to find peace with it. One needs to be involved with it first-hand. When people are in charge of conserving and being a part of nature, it gives them a greater appreciation for it. It allows them to see that their efforts do make a difference.

But most importantly, taking charge of conserving nature allows people to see the harm that other humans are doing to nature. Seeing trash in the environment, damaged ecosystems and endangered wildlife, while sad, teaches us that our efforts are needed. It is easy to disregard the fact that our planet needs our help; that is, until we open our eyes.

The Earth is a provider and healer, but it appears that many of us have taken it for granted. If we wish to continue receiving its benefits, we can’t pretend that nothing is wrong.

To maintain current resources, change is necessary. We can make efforts by being within nature in order to understand it, mimicking nature’s pace and being in charge of it. There are many ways we can give to nature and that nature can give back to us. By donating to or working with nature conservation organizations and foundations, such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada, you too can play your part in conserving nature.

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