Can Nature Relieve Depression?

A lot of the times we are boggled down by the weight of the responsibilities our lives require, especially if we are not taught how to balance out the difficulties of the lows and the adrenaline that comes with the highs. Emotional and mental health doesn’t seem to be a priority, and almost not even recognized, in the United States. Therefore, we have an enormous amount of people struggling with depression, anxiety, self-hate, and other emotional and mental obstacles; and doing so with very little healthy outlets of expression and release, or a support system to encourage transformation.   

We forget that we are surrounded by healthy outlets in our every day lives. If you are able to go outside and feel the wind, see the trees, feel the grass, see the sun, hear the animals, then you have multiple Beings around you for expressing your feelings and worries. The Universe works in connection with Gaia (Mother Nature) to gift us with everything we need through natural resources. Getting grounded is a great first step in relieving some of the things we harbor that fuel our depression and sadness. Sitting with nature not only helps us emotionally, but it is a great way to reconnect with Spirit. If you’ve been feeling a little lost lately, as if you’re not even sure who you are anymore, getting grounded can help to reawaken the hidden you that lays dormant.  

Getting grounded is not a materialistic exercise, meaning there is nothing required to get grounded. It is a relationship that you are reestablishing between you and nature.

HOW DO YOU GET GROUNDED?

Take off your shoes and as much clothing as you would like, or the weather permits, and go walking outside. Walk until you can find a place that you can sit and relax in, possibly near a tree (because trees posses and transmit energies), but make sure not to cheat yourself during the walk. Don’t walk too fast, slow down and take in your surroundings. The birds, trees, bugs, streams of water maybe, how strong or light the wind is, how the grass or dirt/soil feel underneath your feet. What do these things remind you of? Being a child and playing outside? A past life in a different time? Or maybe even a dream life you have yet to live? Whatever it is, allow yourself to FEEL it. Go through the motions OF emotions.   

Find a comfortable place to sit and relax. It could be a place of shade or bright sunlight, you can even use the moonlight if you’d like. Although the daytime provides a different source of energy and is BEST utilized for this exercise, night time can work. Now that you are lounging with nature, it’s time to release. As previously mentioned, you can use a tree for release if that is what speaks to your Spirit, or it can be flowers, animals, the sky, stars, water, whatever you feel comfortable opening up to. It’s about expression. Learning to express yourself in a healthy manner while simultaneously letting unhealthy emotions and feelings go.   You can express whatever you would like, from the smallest issues to your biggest worries and fears. You can use this time to cry, scream, yell, do whatever that makes you feel a little lighter. Sit with nature as long as you need to or as long as you can. Spend your walk back thinking and analyzing how you felt before, during, and after the exercise. Journaling this experience can help you stay focused and track your progression.

  If this exercise is created as a habit, you will find yourself not harboring so many issues or unresolved emotions to release. Overtime, almost without recognition, you become one with Gaia and you open the portals for communication and begin hearing the messages sent to you through Universal frequencies. Doing this is phenomenal for your spiritual awakening, your activation of your Pineal Gland (third eye), helping with depression, and emotional baggage.

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA