Direct contact with the natural world brings a sense of constant renewal. To be outside in the fresh air, to see trees and plants, to watch birds fly, to appreciate light reflected on water: these experiences are life affirming.

Depending on our situation and our environment, we may have the opportunity to enjoy a river or a lake, a mountain or a shoreline, a field or park. If our circumstances are more limiting, our challenge is to find the same joy in a planted flower or a cloudy sky.

Contact with nature is a human need which is almost too obvious to mention. But strangely, some people overlook this need and instead they stay indoors.

Nature replenishes us. The natural world restores and rejuvenates.

Buddhist lessons we can all learn

Buddhist lessons we can all learn “Buddhist practices can contribute to positive ageing” according to Kenneth Gergen who is the co-author of “Horizons in Buddhist Psychology”. Through simple breathing exercises and other practices of mindfulness and meditation, we can respond to the challenges of growing older with composure, balance and clarity.

The green and the blue

The green and the blue Daily contact with nature improves the wellbeing of older people. Research conducted by the University of Minnesota found that ‘green and blue spaces are especially beneficial for healthy ageing in seniors’. These outdoor spaces promoted feelings of ‘renewal, restoration and spiritual connectedness’. Jessica Finaly researched