Whether it’s microbes in the dirt or fresh air—or both—researchers do know this: Gardening is strong medicine.
A great read on the loss of time for ‘daydreaming’ by Adbusters. Highly recommended.
by Colton Witt
I fear that we are the last of the daydreamers. I fear our children will lose lack, lose absence and never comprehend its quiet, immeasurable value. If the next generation socializes more online than in the so-called real world, and if they have no memory of a time when the reverse was true, it follows that my peers and I are the last to feel the static surrounding online socialization. The Internet becomes “the real world” and our physical reality becomes the thing that needs to be defined and set aside.
Did you know there was an organisation that trains people to become ‘forest guides’ ?
Forests are the original antidote to stress and stress-related illness. Our species evolved in forests. We spent the first several million years of our existence in them. Then, a couple of millenia ago—in evolutionary time scale, only yesterday–our adventurous spirits inspired a global exploration. This morning we invented cities. A bit before the noonday break we became industrialized. Suddenly, while our genes are still living in the forest, our bodies live in the busy, stressful conditions of modern civilization.
Great blog by Joshua Becker called “Those Things By Which We Get Embarrassed” on the benefits of not getting caught up in the race for material status and not being embarrassed by owning less.
But our understanding of normal is an entirely subjective measurement most often defined by the social circles with which we surround ourselves.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson –
It’s too easy to get lost in the pressures of the ‘rat-race’ – there are bills to be paid, children to be educated, older generations to be looked after in their autumn years and many more. To maintain their sanity everybody has their own strategies. There is the book readers (I used to be one of them), the party animal, the couch potato, …
For me there tends to me (at least) one ‘Sanity Project’ that allows me to take a break from current pressures and realities and take a (short) break. This very website is one of those projects allowing some time to read up on and share things of interest. I often get comments like ‘how can you relax by doing more ?’, but I guess this must have to do with my personality type. Not all (in fact too many) of my sanity project actually involve physical activity they generally have a few things in common:
- in line with (at least one) passion
- quickly done
- very enjoyable
Looking at the success of the revival of the various “hacker” or “maker” spaces there seems to be some revival of this. There are plenty of resources out there on these topic. Some great starting points are in the following list.
One Australian organisation I joined recently the Institute of Backyard Studiess is trying to revive the old tradition of ‘inventing’ things in sheds.
A recent addition to the SlowTech Google+ Community has also been an interesting read on a similar line. http://www.andrewwillner.com/2013/07/preserving-the-past-to-serve-the-future/
What is your favorite ‘Sanity Project’ ?
Do you have too many ‘Sanity Projects’ ?
Love to get some comments on this one. Feel free to chip in !