Genius Minds are Born in Outdoor Living
It happens to us all: passing lights, blaring noises — your positive mood takes more effort because all of your energy resources are sapped. When exhaustion presents itself, cultural programming suggests you sit back and be entertained with Netflix and a bowl of ice-cream.
Going outside, breathing in living air and touching — genine, naked, noble — timber with its whole history of struggles against storms it has endured but continued indestructible — this is where the mind finds rest and clarity. Outside is coming home.
Outdoor natural environments contain significant secrets that lift more than the clouds of your mind; it recharges your mitochondrial batteries — and it can even make you smarter. Better yet, science says more than merely making you supersmart — it is the place of creativity — where geniuses are born.
Since the dawn of the internet, the world has benefited in available knowledge and communication. And yet, many experts contend that this technology has negative effects on learning and social interactions. They contend we are more easily irritated, less sociable, and more distracted. We can’t blame weaknesses on our detachment from nature, but their research affirms there is some unraveling of psychological resilience. At times, we can all do better at paying attention to details, being more empathetic, and internally rooted. That’s where the experts say that a parade of wildflowers, a walk in the mountains, and digging in a garden can help.
Geniuses Inspired by the Outdoors
The one thing the world’s greatest minds have in common is endless curiosity. Curiosity is the key to unlock creativity.
Benjamin Franklin advocated we all have a mind that is extraordinarily fertile. We were born without knowledge, but we were all born with curiosity, capable of lifelong discovery, improving yourself and doing well by others.
Geniuses are not conventional and do not rely on what they have been taught how to solve something. What makes a genius is being able to think productively, generating alternative approaches and possibilities in a unique way when confronted with a problem. They have a curiosity and a willingness to explore.
Let your heart resonant with nature and discover
the Beethoven, Leonardo da Vinci, or Benjamin Franklin genius in you.
“I have never seen a picture on television or anywhere else that compares to the phenomenal pictures my brain can paint. I think radio is the ultimate visual medium. There is nothing anybody can do on that flat two-dimensional screen – nothing – that compares to the phenomenal pictures that are painted by your mind’s eyes stimulated by our beautiful language.” – Paul Harvey
Continuing Paul Harvey’s address:
Quidditch was much more fun in our minds. So distinct is the disparity that the publishers of the books will use no scenes from the movies on the covers of those books. You trust me to paint. You trust me to paint pictures in the mirror of your mind.
And I will let you feel such agony and ecstasy,
such misery and such magnificence as
you would never be able to feel by looking at it.
Let me paint you a picture of your unrequited love in 17 words:
When the fire in me meets with the ice in you, what could remain but damp ashes?
Now, you tell me what picture in all of the film could you duplicate that poignancy? We court with the lights turned down. That’s to remain undistracted. We savor a fragrance or a kiss, or a foot massage with our eyes closed.
In some instances, Paul Harvey says, “a picture would ruin a story for you. . .“
Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman wrote a book called Words Can Change Your Brain. In the book, they write a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.” Science has shown the power of language can literally alter your physical brain.
Your brain is the physical organ of your tangible, visible body associated with the mind. The mind is part of an invisible world of thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, feelings, and imagination. How well you feel in your body also affects your thinking.
Outdoors in nature have been a source that people — from all walks of life — connect to, with their body and mind. Aristotle believed walking in the open-air clarified the mind. In Japan, touching wood is “medicine” to preserve health and treat illnesses. It is not only touching, but studies also claim all the senses in nature stimulate the immune system. Just the smell of the fresh earth acts as an anti-depressant.
The bacterium found in soil stimulates the production of serotonin helping the body to feel happier and more relaxed.
In 1989, David Strachan, a British scientist presented what he termed the “hygiene hypothesis.” In our modern, sterile environments many children are not getting exposed to the earth’s natural microorganisms — found in the dirt — to build and repair their immune systems. As a result, there are higher rates of allergies and asthma.
Penicillin was first developed from a soil fungus. Digging in dirt lifts your spirit. Microbes such as mycobacterium vaccae, a substance found in soil have an effect on the neurons of the brain — similar to Prozac — but without potential chemical dependencies or no side effects. To get the full benefits is as easy as playing in the dirt.
Just the view of natural beauty elicits feelings of awe, another sure way to give you a mental boost. And speaking of view, research has also shown children have more protection against developing myopia — nearsightedness — by playing outside.
Many respectable scientists, sociologists, doctors, and mental health experts suggest that when people do not get out in the natural world and play, it doesn’t only affect their individual well being, it also affects society as a whole in how they interact and influence each other.
In America, it has become culturally acceptable to spend the majority of our time indoors, especially when the weather is cold. With many countries, going outdoors is ingrained in their culture. If you lived in Sweden — nature waters the garden of the soul —and there is no such thing as bad weather.
Nature is a tool. Nature influences people and people who spend adequate time in nature can increase their ability to construct new ideas and produce happier thoughts. Being in God’s great outdoors improves judgment, increases confidence, and creates a sunnier disposition.
Again, the incredibly improved cognitive thinking results were not just about spending more time in the outdoors, as Associate Professor of Cognitive and Clinical Psychology Ruth Ann Atchley said, it is: turning off the cellphone, not hauling the iPad and not looking for internet coverage. What you do outside moves how you think and behave.
Go outside and bring out the genius in you.
Florence Nightingale: Fresh Air & Sunshine
Many old-time therapies suggest patients go outside or “breathe in the fresh sea air.” Take a look at Florence Nightingale’s lovely notes on nursing as she strongly advocates patients being exposed to fresh air and sunlight.
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