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News and conversations about the growing evidence of the healing power of nature and green development in cities

Mind and Body in a Nearby Quiet Space

02/14/17 | View Comments

This post continues last week’s introduction to the health benefits of nature encounters. For greater detail and citations, please check out the new Nature Sacred Monograph “The Sacred and Nearby Nature in Cities”.

We are approaching nearly 40 years of research about the linkages between nature experiences, human disease prevention, and health promotion. As more people move into cities, nearby nature spaces that provide mental and physical health benefits are needed more than ever. Recent research reveals the effects urban noise and distractions have on our minds and bodies, and suggests ways in which nearby tranquil spaces alleviate stress.

Loud urban sounds can be harmful and irritating. A quiet green space might be your answer.

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“I am claiming my Healing…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

02/10/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C.  #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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Protect Nature and Be Protected

02/07/17 | View Comments

We are approaching nearly 40 years of research about the linkages between nature experiences and human disease prevention and health promotion. Outdoor spaces that offer sanctuary and support relaxation and reflection provide mental and physical health benefits. When we commit to protecting and conserving our nearby nature spaces, we ultimately protect and heal ourselves.

The western medical community dismisses the . . . . sacred experience in healing or health because it [is assumed it] cannot be measured. [Yet] we are approaching scientific standards [and] the ability to measure our [body’s] response[s] . . . .
If people have a desire for heightened experiences, just like a need for food or water, why not begin to understand how?
—Integrative Health Physician
 
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“I survived” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

02/03/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at the Landscape of Resilience: Butterfly Garden and Overlook in Joplin, Missouri.  Landscape of Resilience in Joplin was built by survivors of the F5 tornado that hit the town in 2011. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.joplin 1-03

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“…They sing to the dead.” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

01/27/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at the Naval Cemetery Landscape in Brooklyn, NY.  #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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“I want to have a grateful heart…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

01/20/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at Stadium Place – Thanksgiving Place Labyrinth in Baltimore, Maryland.  #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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“Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give up.” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

01/13/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at the UMMS-Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute, Kernan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places. 

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“In this space you receive the answers eventually…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

01/06/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at the University of Maryland. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places. umd

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“May all who share the peace and serenity of this garden be well…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

12/30/16 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at A Nature Place, Legacy Emanual Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places. 

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