By R. Eady, Sole2Soul Healing
One aspect of healing spaces is the use of environmental features embodying characteristics of the natural world, such as color, water, sunlight, plants, natural materials, fostering of animal interactions & exterior views/vistas. In designs that infuse a Nature aesthetic they do, in fact, contribute to healing. For example, dogs who trained a long gaze on their owners had elevated levels of oxytocin, a hormone produced in the brain associated with nurturing and attachment. After receiving those long gazes, the owners’ levels of oxytocin increased, too.
Japanese researchers noted in a report (Oxytocingaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bonds http://
www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6232/333 ) dog’s “gaze cues of connection & response” in the owner, who will reward the dog by gazing, talking and touching, all of which helps besot the bond. They suggestlearning a primary human means of contact: eyetoeye communication helped dogs adapt.
Dark Green movements (such as a Children’s Garden) characterized by a central ethical priority to defend the Earth’s biocultural diversity, provides a wide variety of examples of new forms of biocultural & bioenergetic innovation (among those is promoting nature spirituality) from individuals, to animal-bonds to institutions.
Opportunities to consider & celebrate such spirituality offer hope for well-being & our planetary future.
A fine example is the May 1st Ground Breaking for the Delray Beach Children’s Garden: Nurturing Nature Conscious Children through: Nature Explorationmusic, exploration of all elements of nature, soil science, life cycles, nature crafts, eco systems, pond life, and entomology. As well as Garden Education growing cycle, food production, healthy eating, sustainable gardening, indigenous species vs. invasive species, natural pest control, soil making, mulching, water collection, farm to table cooking, and germination, O2B4Again Play-thruScapes and natural healing and creativity elements.