The Wisdom of Nature

The Wisdom of Nature

The world was created in a balanced and perfect way. Our bodies, perfect too. Our organs functioning collectively to make the body work. Similarly, nature provides everything; each species has its place, which contributes to the balance of the system. It is enough to make you stop and look at nature, to see its beauty and recognize that it has everything that human beings need, from food and resources to live, to the things we use, like paper for a book or wood to build a house.

Our ancestors were aware of the perfection of nature and respectfully borrowed the things they needed from it while appreciating what it provided them, and consequently making adequate use of the resources. Their contact with nature allowed them to listen to it, know its pains and make changes, if necessary. With humility, they recognized the goodness immersed in nature and the human being, which as part of the whole, flowed in harmony.

However, as time passed, human beings, in an effort to improve their living conditions, gave different uses to the resources that nature offered them. Little by little, and without realizing it, human beings lost their connection with nature. Perhaps, because now a city is a cement maze that does not allow us to see what was evident before:

  • The flow of a river indicates that everything flows;
  • The movement of water in the sea indicates that things are coming and going;
  • The sunrise and sunset indicates the beginning of a new day to enjoy and the night to rest;
  • The growth of a tree that indicates the connection with the soil through its roots;
  • The plants that absorb from the soil and air the nutrients they need to live; and
  • The animals reflect nobility, wisdom, and strength to survive in the ecosystem.

Recognizing this, our ancestors knew that everything was provided by nature and each being had an important place within this system in order to maintain its balance.

Why are we disconnected from nature?

The modern individual has changed his lifestyle and priorities. Health, food, and shelter are still important, but since they are acquired through monetary transactions, humans no longer recognize the natural value. A child who grows up in the countryside knows that sun, water, soil, and insects contribute to the good harvest of strawberries and by extension, values these natural resources. However, another child who grows up in the city will eat those strawberries, knowing that they came from the countryside, but not actually seeing all the efforts that were required to have them. We have lost sight of the cycle.

Return to the simple

People want the best for themselves: a better body, a better house, a better car, a better job, and so on. However, humans have already been provided with the best, however, we get distracted by such an information overload, that we do not dedicate enough time to reflect and connect with ourselves and, with nature.

The best that people have received is their life, their positive circumstances, and the other people around them. Although some situations may seem dysfunctional or difficult at times, they serve a purpose for our personal growth. Perhaps to recognize that and connect with ourselves, we must seek our roots and return to a simpler way of thinking, where we enjoy nature more and worry less about material things.

Time to awaken consciousness

When was the last time you enjoyed a day in the countryside? When was the last time you swam in the sea? When was the last time you did something good for nature, like helping an injured animal, planting a tree, cleaning a beach, or picking up your city’s trash to prevent pollution? Have you visited a farm that produces the fruits and vegetables you eat every day to find out how they are harvested? Do you know what the trees are like where the peaches you eat in your salad grow? Do you know the body of water where the water you drink at home comes from?

We are called to connect with our origins, to take the earth with our hands. It is time to know that the happiness of the heart can be found when we give ourselves time and space to connect with nature.

Is Mental Health a Social Taboo?

Is Mental Health a Social Taboo?

Do people take mental illnesses seriously? A mental illness is a health condition involving changes in thinking, emotions or behaviours, it could also be a combination of the three. The most common mental illness in North America is anxiety disorder. The disorder is primarily composed of panic and phobias. People who are affected by mental illnesses either manage to recover, or are capable of living with it, however seek occasional, professional help. However, until recently, the issue surrounding mental illness is that it has been depicted by the media as something to be ashamed of, proving that it is stigmatized in general.

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According to a study, “internalized discrimination” is a process where people who are affected by mental illnesses raise the stereotypes about mental health issues against themselves and is directly endorsed by society. Being discriminated in general has a major impact on one’s self-esteem and overall confidence. People with mental illnesses believe that they are not valued. They are regularly discriminated, tend to feel isolated within society and are likely to meet socially separate. The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health stated that people with a mental illness are often depicted as violent and abrupt by the media. However, Mental Health UK made a good point in stating that the people who are affected by mental illness are more at risk of harming themselves than harming anyone else.  Corporations and celebrities are excellent examples of ways in which the social movement around mental illnesses are finally becoming less taboo. Bell Canada, for example, initiated a campaign assistance program known as “Bell Let’s Talk” to promote awareness on this topic and to diminish the stigmatization. The campaign allows people to share their story, experience and struggles with mental illnesses. Howie Mandel, a Canadian comedian and television host, has become Bell Let’s Talk’s main ambassador and speaks openly about dealing with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), which falls under the broad category of anxiety disorders. In 2009, Mandel released a funny, yet genuine autobiography entitled “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.” In the autobiography, Mandel opened up about his personal struggle with OCD, as well as ADHD and how much of an impact these mental illnesses had on his life.

Celebrities such as Howie Mandel voicing their illness, and corporate campaigns such as Bell Let’s Talk” can be seen as progressive examples in the fight to end the social taboo of mental illness in North American socie

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