In the adjacent book review I left one important thing out that is brought up in the book. The importance of getting into “nature” to help you take control of the Chatter. The author discusses enjoying a sunrise as “soft fascination” as opposed to voluntary attention. Voluntary attention can be exhausted. He says nature draws our involuntary attention because it is “rife with soft fascinations.”
There were studies done on this that the author discusses and you can read the book if you need more proof. One is mentioned below. Nature reduces rumination. Isn’t the amazing?
Climb a Mountain and Control the Chatter
Just climbing a mountain helps you to keep rumination at bay. Less negative chatter enters your mind when you hike. I knew it made a difference but I had never seen anything to validate my view.
One of the things I find myself doing while hiking is repeating mantras. It keeps me going and is like a meditation. Then when the sun comes up it is so awe inspiring.
One study that was done in 2016 had one group of people watch a video of streets with no trees and another watch one with trees. The ones that were exposed to the “most views of nature showed a 60 percent increase in their ability to recover from the stress…”
So if you can watch a video and chill out then getting out in the woods will be even better! Now there is no excuse to not get our in nature.
The author says, “Collectively the findings demonstrate that nature provides humans with a tool for caring for our inner voice from the outside in, and the longer we are exposed to nature, the more our health improves.”