Monday, March 11, 2013

Do you access the 'healing power of nature'?



What do I mean... by the healing power of nature? 
I mean to refer to the way in which Nature ministers to our minds, 
all more or less diseased by the rush and racket of civilization, 
and helps to steady and enrich our lives. 
My first point is that there are deeply-rooted, 
old established, far-reaching relations 
between Man and Nature 
which we cannot ignore without loss... 
there would be less ‘psychopathology of everyday life’ 
if we kept up our acquaintance... 
we have put ourselves beyond 
a very potent vis medicatrix 
if we cease to be able to wonder 
at the grandeur of the star-strewn sky, 
the mystery of the mountains, 
the sea eternally new, 
the way of the eagle in the air, 
the meanest flower that blows, 
the look in a dog’s eye.

Professor J. Arthur Thomson, “Vis Medicatrix Naturae,” 
keynote address at the annual meeting of the British Medical Association, 1914. 
Found in Your Brain On Nature: The Science of Nature's Influence 
on Your Health, Happiness, and Vitality 
by Eva M.Selhub, MD and Alan C. Logan, ND. 
Available through the South Shore Regional Library.

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