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 !
The theory that nature can recharge minds depleted by harsh urban environments is not new, but only recently has the theory been scientifically tested. Thanks to portable EEG’ measuring brain activity unobtrusively, researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh were able to measure the brain patterns of 12 volunteers as they walked through three different sections of Edinburgh over the course of an hour and a half.
This information was published in the New York Times recently: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/easing-brain-fatigue-with-a-walk-in-the-park/
The findings confirmed previous ideas on how the surrounding physical environment affects the brain’s attentiveness.
“When the volunteers made their way through the urbanized, busy areas…their brain wave patterns consistently showed that they were more aroused, attentive and frustrated than when they walked through the parkland, where brain-wave readings became more meditative. While traveling through the park, the walkers were mentally quieter.”
Natural environments still engage the brain, say researchers, holding our attention while simultaneously allowing for reflection.
I came across this article recently: The business case for solitude
Personally solitude is an important part of being able to recharge and every time I do not have the chance to find it over longer periods things are starting to go downhill. Recognising this seems an important consideration not just for business owners themselves, but ensuring that all members of the organisation.
The article refers to a number of key points, but the one’s that resonate most are:
- Hear yourself
- Get clarity
- Renew purpose
Overall a highly recommended article ! Enjoy during some quiet time !