How nature can be good for your soul

It’s spring, the evenings are lighter and there seems to be much more birdsong around lately? Not only in the mornings and evenings, but all day long and it’s a joy to hear.

I encourage everyone to venture out into nature as much as possible. You don’t need to go that far, if you can’t get out into the countryside there will be a local park close to you, even in the largest towns and cities. Just sit quietly and listen, see how many different songs and calls you can make out, it will bring joy to your soul if you allow it to.

While you are outside in fresh air, take a few deep breaths. Plants, and especially trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is harmful to humans in large doses, and even better than that, they give out oxygen, which is essential for us to breathe.

I guarantee that a few nice deep breaths while in a natural environment will invigorate your body, relax your mind and calm your soul. By the way, I do recommend breathing right down into your stomach, rather than just using the top half of your lungs. Go on, give it a try, let that stomach expand with the breath, nobody is looking! It will oxygenate your blood much better which will in turn not only cleanse your organs and muscles but will also boost your immune system.

These are good practical reasons for getting out into nature to give your whole body a boost and when I use Reiki I also work with the whole body which is the meaning of ‘holistic’ treatment. The Reiki energy flows into your body following energy channels, similar to the blood circulation, and in the same way, it cleanses wherever it touches, removing any blockages caused by physical, mental or emotional pain or stress, leaving you feeling calm and peaceful, maybe you will even hear the birds singing while you relax.

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