Less than two weeks away from Labor Day and fresh from a short but unplugged visit to Shenandoah National Park, this seemed like the perfect post to revisit.
Man has endured work since Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden:
To the man he said: Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, You shall not eat from it,
Cursed is the ground because of you!
In toil you shall eat its yield
all the days of your life. (Gen 3:17)
Yet “work is for man, not man for work.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2428) So, this Labor Day and throughout the year, what can you do bring a bit of genuine leisure to your life? To cultivate a sabbath or respite?
One of the simplest, most beneficial, FREE things you can do is get out into nature. In the weeks before school began, I crammed in some last-minute opportunities to get myself and my children outside. We visited a grotto, gardens, nature trails, and a nature sanctuary.
Anecdotally, I recognize that these experiences enhanced my mood, lowered my stressed and refreshed my soul. Science backs up my experience, positing that walking in nature actually changes the brain!
Being in nature consistently:
- relaxes me
- connects me to God
- broadens my perspective
- restores a sense of wonder
- unleashes my creativity
It pays to take time, step away from the electronic devices, and step into nature. It’s the perfect balm for your weary soul.
How does a nature walk affect you?
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