Go outdoors! Nature as your DoctorPosted: Oct 17th, 2014
Many of you have heard about my beautiful and inspiring trip to Colorado last month. The combination of three days in Rocky Mountain National Park and a stimulating 5-day workshop were very rewarding. I learned even more reasons to go outside!
The training was taught by Jungian analyst, poet and social activist, Clarissa Pinkola Estés. In discussing the variety of skills and resources we can use in removing blocks to creativity, she mentioned aspects of time in nature that I had not considered before. Nature is obviously inspiring in its great beauty. It is also essential for us to have access to fresh air and experience a connection to the natural environment that we easily lose after hours in fluorescent lights and seated at computers. But the capacity of nature to shift our mental habits and open a creative perspective are also important health benefits.
Judgmental and competitive attitudes learned in early childhood hinder our creativity. Classroom experiences and unconscious parental messages that judged our youthful efforts as not good enough often hinder our creativity as adults. In nature it is easy to see all trees as beautiful - one tree is not a better tree than another. The freedom to be immersed in an experience free from the judgment and competition of academic and work life is wonderfully freeing to the mind.
Free of judgment and competition, Dr. Estes' notes, our minds open and expand to dream beyond the boundaries that make us feel stuck. Reminded of our connection to the ever creative forces of nature, our own creativity flourishes. Take advantage of the beauty outdoors to re-ignite your creative life!