“At the end of the day, we come out in nature not because the science says it does something to us, but because of how it makes us feel.” Strayer
In the last 50 years, our lives have dramatically shifted indoors. Noise, smoke, grey fog, heat, tiger mosquitos, mutant mushrooms, plastic, more plastic, and other crap has strangled our complex and beautiful nature to death. Almost to death.
Florence Williams gives you the possibility to take a scientific tour to see the real Mother Earth, and to learn about the power of the natural world.
The book consists of 5 parts:
- Nature’s Neurons Are Going Mad
- Five Minutes Is for Wimps
- Five Hours a Month Is Only a Beginning (Mini-Breaks)
- Nature and Creativity Is the Same Coin
- City or Countryside?
Now… Ask yourself: where would you rather be?
- In bed, surrounded by a dozen hot bodies.
- Eating dinner with friends.
- Hanging out in your room, watching a series (or porn), hands under blanket.
Why is Ray asking?
BECAUSE THE PLACE MATTERS!
And because Ray knows you, dirty minds!
Our nervous systems are built to resonate with the natural world. The trees, the woods, the rocks, and the birds give you the resonance you need. Nearly half of all (almost 50%) Americans feel they do not have enough time on a daily basis for any nature discovery or walks. They are satisfied with depression, mental and physical problems, headaches, and hypertension. They are used to it. Technology and media shaped their everyday experience of well-being.
Our phones are not the natural world, but we check them at least 1500 times a week (on average). This makes us:
- More irritable
- Less social
- More narcissistic
- More distracted
- Less active
Do I need to continue?
And yes, I know… It’s all about WP-comments or shopping on Amazon (you can’t miss those great deals — you have to buy it to store in your dusty closet for the rest of the year) or social media (because your online friends will never survive without your awesome tweet), or you are just too lonely, and you want to fuck or to be fucked (shame there’s no Hamlet around to help).
Despite all that, this is NOT your HOME…
Between phone and laptop there’s a door leading OUTSIDE — to a new way of life. The salvation of your messy soul depends on how often you go out to breathe, to squat down… to feel a plant, to listen to the rain, or to watch the clouds passing by.
“The average American owns thousands of times more possessions than the average hunter-gatherer. In a real biological sense, we have more things to keep track of than our brains were designed to handle.” Levitin
Mole rat or seagull?
It’s your choice.
“So, how much nature do we need to fix ourselves?” you’d ask. Well, in short — a lot!
x x x
A little extra: in this book you’ll visit amazing places and meet great scientists:
- from Korea
- from Finland
- from California
- from Ireland
- and so on.
You’ll experience supernatural phenomena of forest, solitude, and perfection. Ernest Hemingway once said, “Most people never listen.” It’s your turn to prove him wrong…
My rate: 4. I’d definitely buy it again. The easiest way to improve health, fix relationships or become truly happy is to grab this book.
Next post – “When things go wrong…”