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I go to nature to be soothed, healed and have my senses put in order. John Burroughs Our wellbeing is intrinsically bound up with the world around us. It's time to remember our place in the world's ecosystem and how our environment has shaped our evolutionary path. Which is why we often feel so much better when we've spent time in nature. It's good for our body, mind and soul, and now we have the science to back this up. Moving to Australia from the UK, where the norm was low grey cloud accompanied by mizzle, drizzle or incessant rain, I couldn't get enough of waking up to yet another day of clear blue skies, sunshine and warmth. Have you noticed how obsessed we are with the weather? We all talk about it. Constantly. Some bumper sticker wisdom: If you're not freaking out, you're not paying attention. Anxiety is one of the most reasonable and appropriate responses to the condition of the world, and, simultaneously, we need you with both feet on the ground if we're to do anything about it. I sat down with Nick Werber, an up-and-coming coach in Brooklyn whose family constellation workshops are gaining well-deserved traction, to discuss anxiety. You'll find four of these techniques below. But before you dive into these short, practical exercises, please heed this important piece of advice: Don't mistake the beginning for the end. Say your anxiety is at a level eight or nine out of ten; Even so, they aren't intended to be a quick fix but rather a therapeutic tool for going deeper. In other words, if your anxiety is at a level eight, engaging in other processes for gathering insight and inspiration isn't really possible. In the four-step model I offered in article 3--pause, unblend, get curious, and shift your inner dialogue--these practices for addressing anxiety correspond to the pause step. With your anxiety down to a five or so, the subsequent steps become available.

Really, you're on your own for this one. The second is what is most appropriate for your life. In the West, across many religious, philosophical, and spiritual systems, a take it to the max' approach is often advocated involving Fundamental Wellbeing, though granted with a wide range of locations as recommended end-points. <a href='[]=<a+href='>Our</a> research has seen that this is rarely the best idea for someone's life. <a href=''>Some</a> locations are more suited to specific living situations than others. <a href=''>Even</a> Location 3, as amazing as it feels, has caused issues for people. <a href=''>For</a> example, more than one manager or executive who participated in the research has noted that shifting into it made them much more prone to generosity than being a good steward of the company's resources. <a href=''>While</a> nice for employees, vendors, and others in the short term, that is probably not so great for the longer-term survivability of the company. <a href=''>Because</a> of the claims they made, I began this project expecting to find that individuals who experience Fundamental Wellbeing were delusional, self-deceptive, or pathological in some way. <a href=''>From</a> a normal psychological standpoint, their claims seemed too amazing to be true. <a href=''>Maybe</a> we're finding it too hot, or too cold, too dry or too wet -- or just perfect. <a href=''>Everyone</a> has an opinion on this subject they want to share. <a href=''>Will</a> the weather be good for the upcoming cricket match, the barbie you're hosting on the weekend or your wedding next week? <a href=''>Whether</a> it's that favourite park bench where you like to eat your lunch, or picking a desk close to a window with an outlook, or one with high ceilings, loads of natural light and indoor plants, nature impacts your work life in any number of ways each day, influencing your mood, attention and general wellbeing. <a href=''>If</a> you're fed up sitting in an airless, gloomy box that's either an oven or a deep freeze because the central system controls the whole building and doesn't allow for individual variability, it's time to go green. <a href=''>One</a> of the most challenging workplaces I've ever had to work in as a GP was a small windowless office in a suburban practice that had just enough room for the examination couch, a table and two chairs. <a href=''>The</a> flickering fluorescent tube cast a sterile and unwelcoming light. <a href=''>I</a> understood how Harry must have felt living in his cupboard under the stairs, though I bet he never had the challenge of what to do when the power went off while in the middle of undertaking a well-woman check. <a href=''>Yes,</a> that well-woman check! <a href=''>With</a> no outlook and not a skerrick of green to relieve the sterile setting, I never knew if it was sunny or snowing outside (though the latter would have been somewhat unlikely in Perth). <br /><br /><a href=''>As</a> Nick says, For me it doesn't end with the interrupt. <a href=''>This</a> is actually the beginning. <a href=''>Now</a> that you're a bit more present, now what? <a href=''>THE</a> SIDE-TO-SIDE INTERRUPT <a href=''>Take</a> an object into your right hand, any object that is big enough and light enough to hold in one hand--or simply imagine you're holding an object in your right hand. <a href=''>Look</a> straight ahead. <a href=''>Keep</a> your gaze there the whole time, but no need to be too rigid about that. <a href=''>With</a> the object in your right hand and your arms relaxed so that the object is in the bottom of your peripheral vision, move your right hand as far as you can to the right while still being able to see it. <a href=''>Bring</a> your right hand back to center, pass the object to your left hand, and then move your left hand as far as you can while still being able to see it. <a href=''>Bring</a> your hand back to center, pass the object, and repeat. <a href=''>No</a> matter how hard we looked, I couldn't find this among the vast majority of the population we studied. <a href=''>Over</a> time, slowly, painstakingly, and even reluctantly, I came to accept as true what Finders told us about how they experienced the world, and the ramifications that came with it. <a href=''>Prior</a> to this project, I'd never experienced anything even remotely like what the participants talked about. <a href=''>I</a> had never taken hallucinogenic drugs or had any kind of peak or mystical experience. <a href=''>My</a> youthful cries to God seemed to always go unanswered. <a href=''>Looking</a> back, I think this was a key factor in the success this project enjoyed. <a href=''>I</a> simply had no idea what I would find, and so it was a ground up, skeptical investigation. <a href=''>Most</a> of the other academics who have explored these topics did so because they were seeking to understand experiences they'd had, or beliefs they held. <a href=''>As</a> the years rolled on, it became increasingly clear that Fundamental Wellbeing was something that I definitely wanted to experience. <a href=''>After</a> interfacing with nearly a thousand people by that point, I had a pretty good idea of how to do it, but decided to hold off. <br /><br /><a href=''>A</a> pot plant, though it would have had to be a small one to fit into that ridiculously small space, could have made a difference for both the doctor and her patients. <a href=''>As</a> it was, it was deeply depressing. <a href=''>We</a> need to get out more <a href=''>Estimates</a> put the average amount of time we now spend indoors at 80 to 95 per cent. <a href=''>If</a> you find that hard to credit, take a moment to estimate how much time you spend indoors on an average day. <a href=''>The</a> result may surprise you. <a href=''>What</a> has been called ournature deficit' recognises the amount of time we're spending indoors, online and disconnected from the healing power of nature to buffer us against the stresses of modern life. In Your Brain on Nature, co-author Alan Logan argues that being in nature is about more than just helping to reduce our stress; He sees one of the principal reasons we don't spend more time in nature as being because we are `time crunched'. Our sense of time poverty is one of a number of lifestyle choices, including our dependence on technology, that are among the chief causes of our alienation from nature. Keep going for as long as needed. THE PERIPHERAL VISION PATTERN INTERRUPT Pick something to look at directly in front of you, such as any specific point on a wall. Without moving your eyes, begin taking an inventory of everything you can see in your periphery. Notice what's on the left side of your peripheral field. Notice what's on the right. Notice what's up. And what's down. Notice what colors you can identify and mentally label--ie, blue, green, and so on. Keep going until your anxiety downshifts.

My outsider's viewpoint seemed too important to the project's data collection. Eventually, the day came when major data collection and analysis had finished, and I decided to allow myself to slip over into it. As others have said, it truly is beyond great. It's the thing you've spent your whole life looking for without knowing it, as you search in so many other countless and fruitless directions. I'm profoundly grateful for it and, as so many others told me, cannot imagine that I would trade it for anything. At the same time, I cannot count the number of times I've seen the transition to Fundamental Wellbeing dramatically disrupt people's lives. From bankrupting the previously rich to destroying what seemed like very well-established and happy marriages and families, some of the damage done has been far reaching. Our research has suggested that this largely has one thing in common: reaching for forms of Fundamental Wellbeing that are not optimally aligned with current life circumstances. Because of this, I'm choosing to end this article with a personal voice, a personal opinion, and a personal plea. In my opinion, if you don't already experience it, you should definitely give Fundamental Wellbeing a try. The paradox is that the research shows how staying in nature helps us to reclaim the sense of having enough time. Little wonder one of the emerging trends shaping the US$4. Prescribing nature is a new wellness trend. The brainy benefits of spending time in nature Have you heard? Experiencing nature protects our mental and physical wellbeing. It's recommended that we spend a minimum of 120 minutes outdoors each week. This was one of the findings of a research study undertaken at the University of Exeter where survey data from 20 000 people showed this to be the threshold above which people were more likely to report good health and better mental wellbeing. This holds true for men and women of different ages and different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and even those living with illness or disability. Living in or close to a green urban space is known to be linked to lower rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, mental distress and mortality, better self-reported health, subjective wellbeing, birth outcomes and cognitive development, and lower rates of myopia (short-sightedness) in children.