• Vital Counsel

    • A study made by VU University proved that people who are in touch with nature are prone to making decisions that will have long term results, and thus are less impulsive.

    How interacting with nature quenches our thirst for immediacy / 

    Perhaps one of the greatest consequences of our consumerist and Hollywood-based culture is that we find a great deal of satisfaction in immediate pleasures and emotions.  The quickness required to find instant enjoyment permeates our decision making process; we constantly seek short-termed pleasures, even in our romantic relations; we surrender ourselves to that which we like at the time, without investing the time required to get to know people better.

    But what does this have to do with nature? Considering that currently half of the world’s population lives in cities, a group of Dutch researchers studied the effects of spending time in nature. The results were positive, people who were in touch with nature had higher levels of concentration and —in the long term— they were also prone to following through with their decisions.

    What was perhaps most surprising, is that these changes were not just experienced by those who were physically in touch with nature, in fact this effect influenced those that saw pictures of, or could see, nature from their windows.

    It’s almost as if by observing it, nature could convey a message to us, one that described the rhythm of our lives, which is not necessarily in sync with our watches, and instead, encourages us to interact with nature, thus reinforcing our biological intelligence.

    To a certain degree, time, at least in its lineal stage, is a cultural resource. Perhaps our understanding of immediacy, and ephemeral satisfaction, responds to this artificial need but, it consequently separates us from the rhythms that truly rule the universe.

    Tagged: Vital Counsel, nature, immediacy