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Getting in Touch With Nature Boosts Your Mental Health

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“I grew up learning how to make huts, build fires, make tools, make corn meal, drum, dance, and connect with nature in very profound ways. I got older, and trained in tai chi, meditation, Chinese martial arts, and developed an even deeper connection in learning from nature how to move, breath, eat, live, and unlock my mastery within.”

Now he is helping others take advantage of the benefits nature has to offer.

“Good old mother earth has taught me everything, and quite literally saved my life,” Menditto said.

“Nature is always here, and you are always a part of it. All you have to do is become aware, breathe, and just be present. The secret to nature is to be natural. That is to say ... letting go, and really just being you.”

Our society can be fast-paced, and it’s difficult to make time to relax and enjoy nature. However, making time to be engaged in the natural environment can be a major stress reliever. It allows people to think about just the plants and animals and enjoying the scenery if they allow themselves to let go of other thoughts.

“Being in nature also makes you feel a part of something greater,” Menditto said.

“It is a comforting feeling, and returning to the source of what many refer to as ‘mother nature.’ When we connect to something that is greater than us and we feel a part of it, then it helps us put our life into perspective. It helps us see the things that really matter, and also how we are never really alone.

“We are connected even though we may not know how,” he added.

“The breath I am breathing is composed of many plants, animals, and living beings that were around long before I was. We are all connected.”

Menditto has 13 short tips to help you become more connected to nature:

1) “Fill your house or office with some plants to [bring] the nature to you.”

2) “If moving, try to pick an office or home near nature with windows.”

3) “Play relaxing nature-based music to put you in the mood.”

4) “Go for brief walks when you have the time. Walk with mindfulness, and breathe with awareness.”

5) “Practice yoga, tai chi, or meditation as it will bring you more to this moment.”

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