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.
Website: Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides .
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 !
This has been concerning me for a while now. As a avid book reader throughout all my youth I seem to have lost the ability to sit down with a book of fiction and read slowly and thoroughly for longer periods of time.
Because I am not a neurologist I am not sure if this is actually a ‘re-wiring’ of the brain as commonly suggested. Probably more a ‘habit’ that has been developed by years of needing to cut corners to get quick results. Nevertheless it’s not a positive thing as far as I am concerned and something to be aware of.
I personally would also not blame this (solely) on digital tools like Twitter either. The general fast pace of life and the constant pressures to speed up are probably contributing much more overall than a single tool. Although these tools do have a potential to become time and attention ‘sinks’ if you are not careful and get drawn into too much. Due to the fact that these tools can be extremely useful (if you know how to use them), there is always a potential. Depending on your personality type this constant source of interesting information can become quite ‘addictive’.
Original article in Australian Financial Review (blocked by Paywall 🙁 ) http://www.afr.com/p/national/arts_saleroom/eyes_wired_shut_the_perils_of_twitter_nXoFVp9QMfUDjgwQMjymqK
This series of videos recently came up in my social media streams and they have really impressed me and helped calm down things at a stressful moment. Nothing better than looking at nature to calm things down. And (sometimes) if you can’t get out there yourselves, watching a video is the next best thing.
These videos deal with the microscopic biosphere normally hidden to the naked eye.
The most important living organisms that play the key functions in the biosphere might not seem exciting when it comes to motion. Plants, fungi, sponges, corals, plankton, and microorganisms make life on Earth possible and do all the hard biochemical job. Our brains are wired to comprehend and follow fast and dynamic events better, especially those very few that happen at speeds comparable to ours. In a world of blazingly fast predators and escaping prey events where it takes minutes, hours, or days to notice any changes are harder to grasp.
Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.
The hidden life in pond water
The hidden life in pond water from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.
Original source: http://notes-from-dreamworlds.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/slow-life.html – excellent work !
Came across this article in SlowJapan which is definitely worth the read:
… It was a true savior for Mr. HWANG Daekwon when he figured out how to spend his slowly running time in jail for 13 years, which is to observe plants, herbs and weeds around. It also helped him to restore and maintain his mental and physical health respectively from the deep-rooted anger and injury incurred by severe torture. …
Amazon Books by Hwang Daekwon
Worthwile reading for some reflections. No real commentary needed…
“Buy yourself a swing, Rob.
Guaranteed to ‘lift the spirits’ when able to get out.
Was going to suggest a trip to the play area in Thirsk, but probably very non P.C. – Single man on a swing?!?!?!
Love and healing hugs
To you and Lindsey
Dottie and Paul xxx”
Read the original post here: http://robcollins.me.uk/2013/09/27/buy-yourself-a-swing/