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Going Back to the Garden

Going Back to the Garden

Tagged: Environment

Contrast Eden with our more urban world, and one word comes immediately to mind-concrete, and tons of it.  Many of us live in cities that are full of congestion, traffic, crowding and noise; our senses are constantly being bombarded with artificial sights and sounds.  With the advance of society, we have increasingly surrounded ourselves with non-living things.  Over time, we've traded the sights and sounds of the Garden for the sights and sounds of industry and technology.  By advancing, we've traded green for gray.

The environment we've created has been compromised by all the things we have come to associate with progress and prosperity.  As a result, we live the majority of our lives with unnatural sights and sounds that drive out the beauty and natural wonders of a world that was designed for healing.

"I don't even notice it," you may say.  It's true; we've learned to acclimate to our environment.  Much like a newborn who falls asleep in a loud room, we have defense mechanisms to help protect us from sensory overload.  But this doesn't mean it's healthy for us.  This "disconnect mechanism" may help us to survive, but unless we consciously choose to reconnect with what is healthy and good, our health and well-being will suffer.

Biophilia, "the love of all living things," is an emerging area of scientific research established by Harvard biology professor Edward O. Wilson, PhD.  Dr. Wilson believes that people have an innate need to connect with nature that he views as an integral element of our genetic makeup.  While the connection between man and nature may not yet be proven scientifically, plenty of evidence abounds supporting nature as good medicine.

By Monica Reed, MD

Author of CREATION Health Breakthrough

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