The modern era of shining iPhone screens, zero hour contracts, the threat of nuclear armageddon and continued global poverty can challenge your personal resilience. But you can turn this around by turning to nature and rekindle the art of imagination, dreams to restore your strength and vitality
One of the themes that emerges from my international clients is that people feel increasingly depleted by everyday life and work, and it’s getting worse.
Compare the pressures you face in a typical week with a few years ago: have they increased? Now think about the years ahead: are the pressures likely to keep growing? If you’re answering 'yes', this could be a good time to review and renew your strategies for resilience.
I've spent my life exploring how people can raise their wellbeing and resilience through contact with nature.
To help this, I've travelled with groups to Nepal's Himalayas, to the Everest region and the Sir Edmund Hillary National Park, a conservation area, at nearly 3,000 meters above sea level. I've been running a range of events for individuals and work groups exploring resilience and natural happiness.
Time in Nature
A book published in 2012 by two doctors from Harvard Medical School quotes many research studies showing how long hours in front of screens put people in a continual state of alert, which makes it hard for them both to concentrate, and also to relax.
The book, "Your Brain on Nature," also provides plenty of evidence that time in Nature is one of the best antidotes to losing that precious enjoyment and resilience needed for a good quality of life.”
My programmes offer a range of ways to learn from Nature. An important part of most of these events is some solo time out amongst the trees, on a mountain path or by an ocean or lake, giving people a chance to relax, and open to fresh insights about the issues that they’re facing.
Nutrition for future growth
Alongside this, I created a model, the Back on Track Program, which shows how people can learn from the resilience of natural ecosystems, lead better, feel better and do better simply by alignment with natural process. The Universal Laws of Nature.
Many people feel helpless about problems, and simply stuff their worries down. “I find that these deep, denied worries affect a lot of people, and sap their energy and resilience. I offer a range of processes, such as discard, VIP and Innerwealth using deep ecology, to help people face these anxieties, and find a more positive outlook.”
Daring to dream
One of my inspirations in this area is the experience that the way to positive change for the state of our world begins with visions, imaginations and dreams. Dreams, in the sense of inspiring visions, and myths, in the sense of prevailing beliefs, have a huge influence in our world.
I'm optimistic about the future, because I believe that the wisdom of planet earth, can team up with the inventiveness of humans, to find solutions even to the current threats.
You could look at it as a chance for humans to grow dramatically in resilience, and in their connection with Nature. We have to dare to dream: if we can at least carry a vision of the future we hope for, it starts to gather momentum.”
I provide organic growth approaches for people and their work that help to build resilience. This is backed by many years’ experience of working with mindfulness, deep ecology and other approaches to wellbeing, and is part of the natural advantage.