The Spirit of the Wild


The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. Paracelsus

There is nothing more peaceful than being surrounded by nature and enveloped by its healing power. The sight of colorful birds and trees, the symphonic sound of crickets and birds singing, the gentle kiss of wind on your face, and the smell of freshly cut grass or a fragrant gardenia can be an instant stress reducer.  The Great Outdoors is also a place where we can be alone with our thoughts and feelings.  Have you ever gone for a walk to ‘clear your head’ and suddenly came up with creative thoughts about how to solve a problem or design something new?  Inspiration takes place in many forms and in many places. Being in nature can do more than just enhance our sense of vitality. 

When I was hospitalized for migraines, a neurologist suggested I listen to recoded sounds of nature in a dark room. Why not just go outside, I wondered?  At that point, I realized breathing fresh air was more than just a temporary fix to relieve stress, but also innately rewarding for us all.  It’s energizing and enlightening to fully envelop yourself in Mother Nature. If you’ve never watched the sun dip into the horizon until it’s completely disappeared, you simply must. 

“Earthing” is a new medical term that involves feeling the earth’s energy beneath your feet. Rubber- or leather-soled shoes prevent the earth’s vibration from touching your hands or feet. Numerous studies indicate a positive response among individuals who routinely get in physical touch with the earth. My happiest times are when I’m walking on the beach barefoot.  It feels peaceful and rejuvenating and I always feel healthier. 

Want to get more out of your workout?  Take it outside! Research shows that exercising outdoors can enhance your self-esteem and lead to a greater sense of well-being. Take a few minutes today to enjoy and celebrate the spirit of the wild. 

  1. Katy May 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Shemane,
    Love your new posts…..our Mantra is to “Earth your feet, then we knead [need] the earth with our feet.
    Part of our rituals when we have earthly gatherings with Lilias Folan.
    We should do some retreats together!
    hope to see you soon

    • Shemane Nugent May 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Katy!
      I would love to do a retreat together sometime! Let’s chat. Miss you! xo

  2. Scott Mackintosh May 15, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Well said Shemane. I believe in the church of GOD (Great Out Doors) as well. This is where I allow enough peace and quiet for my maker to speak to my soul. I believe that he always speaks to me but in nature, I get rid of the “noise” in life enough to hear him.

    • Shemane Nugent May 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks for you comment Scott! It’s often difficult to disconnect from the electronic warfare, but once we do, it’s a blessing. ; )
      Have a great day!

  3. Cathy Waters May 15, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I also do Earthing and my husband has fixed it so that we are grounded at night while we are asleep. It is great to wake up actually feeling rested and energetic. I used to have migraines also. I stopped using anything with soy in it and stopped using all caffeinated drinks. I haven’t had a migraine in over a year. Just a thought.

    • Shemane Nugent May 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      Glad you are migraine free for a year! Wow! Mine stem mostly from stress and environmental toxins but I will definitely look into eliminating soy! Thanks for the suggestion!

  4. Craig Rantz May 15, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Hi Shemane!

    This is a great blog! I very much enjoyed your presentation on the issue/s of stress. I work with a few people on this topic dealing with weight loss… if you have time could you write a blog post on depression and lifestyle? Considering the challenges that must come with Ted’s schedule/s and your responsibilities with running the family I’m betting you have some good insight on the stress in general. Really, the issues that show up the most are motivation and discipline, or lack thereof, and incorporating motivation and discipline into a family mission and vision statement. Think through it if time permits, I believe the women in my sphere of influence might enjoy your take on the subject. *The website I gave you is not built around weight loss – it’s new and deals with other topics. I have a separate Facebook Group and a personal blog on my experience with weight loss/control and lifestyle changes. Thanks for your time. Blessings to you, Ted, and the family!

    • Shemane Nugent May 16, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Glad you like it Craig! Thanks for your posting!
      Yes, I definitely have some experience with stress! I am writing a blog on depression and sadness that will post on Friday May 22. Check it out & let me know what you think.

      Blessings to you, as well. ; )

  5. Sharon DeLaura May 15, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Hi Shemane,

    I love your we website! It’s so refreshing and so positive! You rock girl!

  6. Joannie Matter May 16, 2015 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    In a world that’s been programed to think that the only way to fix a medical issue is by taking a pill, I think you are right on target by reminding us that nature has an amazing healing force. You’ve motivated me to walk the beach this morning…thanks!

    • Shemane Nugent May 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Joanie! Take a walk on the beach for me!! Love it there but I don’t get too go often. Have an amazing day!

  7. Pete Miller May 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Earthing….Well that’s A Cool Phrase….I like to lay on the Grass every once in a while….Does that Count?..Lol

  8. Capt'n Fiesta May 17, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Rock On!
    You cats rock.

  9. Shemane Nugent September 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Awesome!! Welcome!

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