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Nature and Faith and Mental Health

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Sep 20, 2013 9:01 PM

I participated in a discussion on nature and faith today. We all know that awe which overwhelms when we come across a beautiful scene, however big or little. It could be a beach or mountain sunset or watching a spider weave its web. Whatever it is, we have to open ourselves up to appreciate it, to absorb it, to let go of control enough to be impressed and carried away. Then, there's a kind of gratitude, sense of something bigger than we are, deep content, meditative peace and faith. Sometimes, we share that bonding with nature with another person or people and that unites us to them. There's a religious feeling then.

All religions incorporate some kind of awe of nature and faith shared with others. Whatever our version of religion specifically, one thing we know for sure is that letting ourselves experience nature deeply and share with others in that involvement can only help us grow as humans and achieve more solid mental health and an enriched and more meaningful life.

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