Intuitively, some of us feel that a walk in nature does us the world of good. Some attribute the sensation of well-being that a long hike in the fields or forests procures, to the fact that the sheer height of the trees, the rugged permanence of the cliff, the immensity of the plains stimulate our sense of awe and that in contrast with such magnitude, our troubles can, at least momentarily, dwindle into insignificance.
Likewise, by training oneself to hike in a mindful manner, focusing on the wonderful variety of sound stimuli from the rustle of wheat sheaves to the chirping of crickets and birds, or allowing oneself to observe in a deliberate way, the multitude of greens, the textures and detail of the vegetation, then the outcome of this time spent disconnected from life’s distractions, is certainly restful. However, I have always felt that there is more to it. Intuitively, I just know that the benefits run deeper...
Ten years ago, while expanding my reading material, I became curious of Neotic Science. I had long since learned to acknowledge how precious and reliable an asset is one’s intuition.
However, I fully respect that some perceive as necessity, proving and quantifying the initially, apparently, unmeasurable. Some will even dedicate a life-time’s work in the pursuit of convincing skeptics, while achieving academic recognition of their work’s scientific value. I was impressed to ascertain that, in Switzerland, certain scientists are dedicated to researching and accumulating scientific evidence on how intuition does protect us.