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For thousands of years, people have left the ordinary world of civilization and their community to retreat to the natural world on adventures, vision quests and spiritual pilgrimages to find wisdom, truth and self-knowledge.

Spending time unplugged can be incredibly healing in our always-on world of screens and hyperconnectivity. The healing power of nature is exactly the antidote we need to our technology-addicted lives.

These nature therapy quotes explore how the natural world can heal us, restore us and make us feel more alive.

Quotes On The Healing Power of Nature:

1. “The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.”

— Richard Louv

2. “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

— Rachel Carson

3. “The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. “Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see.”

— Charlotte Eriksson

5. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”

— John Muir

6. “Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.”

— George Washington Carver

7. “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

— Henry David Thoreau

8. “Illnesses do not come upon us out of the blue. They are developed from small daily sins against Nature. When enough sins have accumulated, illnesses will suddenly appear.”

— Hippocrates

9. “To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”

— John Burroughs

10. “Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.”

— Amit Ray

11. “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
—  John Muir

12. “When you bring your attention to a stone, a tree or an animal, something of its essence transmits itself to you. You can sense how still it is and in doing so the same stillness rises within you. You can sense how deeply it rests in being, completely one with what it is and where it is, in realizing this, you too come to a place or rest deep within yourself.”

—  Eckhart Tolle 

13. “Thoughtful exposure of youngsters to nature can even be a powerful form of therapy for attention-deficit disorders and other maladies.“

— Richard Louv

14. “You reconnect with nature in the most intimate and powerful way by becoming aware of your breathing, and learning to hold your attention there, this is a healing and deeply empowering thing to do. It brings about a shift in consciousness, from the conceptual world of thought, to the inner realm of unconditioned consciousness.”

—  Eckhart Tolle 

15. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

— John Muir

16. The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”

— Anne Frank

17. “It’s the idea that people living close to nature tend to be noble. It’s seeing all those sunsets that does it. You can’t watch a sunset and then go off and set fire to your neighbor’s tepee. Living close to nature is wonderful for your mental health.”
— Daniel Quinn

18. “When we spend time outside in beautiful places, a part of our brain called the subgenual prefrontal cortex, quiets down, and this is the part of the brain that is associated with negative self-reported rumination”
— Florence Williams

19. “In clinical studies, we have seen that 2 hours of nature sounds a day significantly reduce stress hormones up to 800% and activates 500 to 600 DNA segments known to be responsible for healing and repairing the body.”
— Dr. Joe Dispenza

20. “Longer term studies looking at brain activity of people after three days of being in nature (without any technology) reveal lower levels of theta activity suggesting that their brains had rested.”

— David Strayer, Professor of Cognition and Neural Science

21. “There are increased benefits of spending more time in nature and leaving technology behind such as improved short term memory, enhanced working memory, better problem solving, greater creativity, lower levels of stress and higher feelings of positive well being.”
— David Strayer, Professor of Cognition and Neural Science

22. “The opportunity to balance all that technology with time spent in nature unplugged from digital devices, has the potential to rest and restore our brains, improve our productivity, reduce our stress levels and make us feel better.”
— David Strayer, Professor of Cognition and Neural Science

23. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

24. “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

— John Muir

25. “The earth has music for those who listen.”

— William Shakespeare

Kyle Pearce

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