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Sacred in the Public Realm

12/09/14 | View Comments

Each month in our Open Voices blog we share insight from leaders in our communities who are advancing what it means to have sacred, open green spaces in our cities. This December we introduce sacred spaces that serve as centers for community; spaces to experience the “civic sacred”. 

In the past few decades a surge of scientific research provides evidence connecting human health with the experience of nearby nature in cities. The experience of “being in nature”, personal and deeply felt, commonly evokes feelings of transformation and contemplation. Literature and traditions recount the importance of nature in personal realizations of inspiration, deeper connections, mindfulness, and extended social connections. This personal experience is historically described as “sacred”.

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