The great, longstanding quest for living well has always taken the small steps of inner, mental, and outer work to be accomplished at least partially by the passing time of nature’s offerings. Living as an adult with two young kids can mean that your every weekday often falls on or around your time to see them. And who could forget when your college-aged child comes home for the holidays and you sleep late or drive over the pass to visit them? If you get your leave time at all, it likely is surrounded by it. By every measure of life balance, inner and outer health, mental calm and healthy attention to one’s lifestyle, living in nature offers our greatest gift.
It is not often that nature is lauded as the ultimate health tool for living healthy with mental and physical wellbeing. This is not to disparage the incredible advances of modern medicine. The process of the healing field has made incredible leaps in medical care in the last century. A great example is the pacemaker that keeps our hearts beating properly and completely, preventing problems like heart attack and stroke.
The pacemaker works because the energy used to run our hearts and the energy used to run our bodies is almost entirely extracted from natural resources, mostly fossil fuels. In addition, medical technology provides additional tools to treat the various diseases of our modern world. The market in medical technology and equipment for the advanced technological health services has been growing. The effect of this can be felt and seen daily by the enormous physical and mental disarray around us.
Within our own families, for example, family members live in different areas and perhaps never see each other, if at all. It might not be the intended consequence of modern technology, but this has the effect of separating our families more and more from each other and creating an unhealthy strain on the human mind. Imagine that each day we grew our families by loving the lives of the children, from conception to age 17, taking a little time to watch them grow up and create family traditions that helped us to build a strong sense of attachment and a deeper understanding of our relationship with our families and the world around us.
But being in the process of this process meant we had to leave nature behind. The evidence is abundant that nature is the greatest support for mental and physical health. We know this from the centuries of people who have lived within the vast landscapes of wilderness and never had to return to the inner city or the artificial areas around them. We can learn from this and implement it today.
Glamping in Nature
Why don’t we move to the mountains when we leave the city or leave the inner-city area? Our family can keep the gardens and trees and flowers we have in our new suburban homes. We can use our natural resources to grow the vegetables and fruits we need to eat. Colorado glamping in Royal Gorge Cabins can act as a buffer to help soften the transition because naturally, we’ve come to depend on what ultimately turn out to be novel technological advancements to supposedly make our lives easier.