If the wildest thing you have come face to face with recently is the roaring of the telephone and the closest you have got to any greenery is the the rocket in your salad or the mint in your mojito you will be excused for feeling a little crazy. But now science is catching up with what most of us have know for a long time... Being out of nature for long periods of time can actually effect our mental state.
The following is an article written by Wallace J Nichols (02/01/11) about the powerful transformative effects that can occur when we are submerged into nature which we hope you enjoy... As a graduate student studying evolutionary biology, wildlife ecology and environmental economics, I learned that academia had little room for our deepest emotions. Now, I’ve learned that the neuroscience of emotion, the rich diversity of those sentiments in each of us, and the feeling of “the wild” are as important to the preservation of the world as our understanding of biodiversity and economics. Our ability to understand and study the human mind has expanded in recent years and with it follows a stream of new ideas about happiness, empathy, love, gratitude, creativity and our relationship with nature. This isn’t rainbows and unicorns stuff, we’re talking science: prefrontal cortex, amygdala, neuroimaging and neuron function with real world implications for education, public policy, health care and business. To put it simply, it’s entirely possible that after tens of thousands of years of human evolution, our abrupt separation from wild nature is making us kind of crazy. Richard Louv calls it “Nature Deficit Disorder” In 2008, I teamed up with Brad Nahill and an international network of organizations and advisors to merge academic interests, endangered species advocacy work and the notion that bringing people eye-to-eye with wild animals can be a powerfully transformative experience. I’ve known countless others through the years who find clarity in nature, often while looking into the eyes of the wild. If you decide to travel, consider doing it in a way that flips your switch, helps an endangered species and supports the conservation efforts in communities near those animals. If you fear that you are suffering from NDD... 'Nature Deficit Disorder' we have just the cure.. Come and join us on one of our most popular projects The African Wildlife Big 5 Conservation Conservation Project in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and get face to face with the wild. If so click HERE to find out more about the African Wildlife Big 5 Conservation Project, KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa For Wallace J Nichols full article click HERE