Earth     Gym
What Is EarthGym?
EarthGym is not a building or a place. It is a simple encouragement to get outdoors. Through its concept of
"Greening Your Mind," EarthGym reminds us that connecting with the natural world can relieve stress.
"When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."~ John Muir
You are the universe in motion. A unique conscious cosmos contained within the larger universal cosmos.
Your physical building blocks of atoms, minerals, and chemicals are the same materials that comprise the
earth, planets, and stars. Your personal biology is the biology of the natural world.
We live in a unique time in history; heads down sharing and receiving information on a small screen. Our
nights are rarely spent outside watching the stars, moon, and planets parade across the sky. The silent music
of the spheres has been replaced with television, computers, and electronic conversation.
"You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe
as a wave is continuous with the ocean."~ Alan W. Watts
Modern Living
Hunkered down snuggly in our homes we reap the rewards of modern living with its many privileges
including a roof over our heads, refrigerators of food, comfy beds, and thermostats to adjust the
temperature to our liking. Compared to our ancestors and many in the world today we are very fortunate.
And yet our modern living is fraught with anxiety, depression, and dissatisfaction. Some part of us knows we
should be feeling lighter than we do. Yet we feel out of sorts in some way. There is something missing that we
can't locate no matter how much we achieve and acquire.
Green Your Mind:
The Natural Anecdote To Stress, Depression, and Anxiety
"You experience a 'special feeling' when you become involved with Nature.
It's your root consciousness connecting with Nature as it did so long ago,
a part of your spiritual heritage being revitalized."~ Bill Misset
Think of how your house feels after being closed up all winter. And then on the first warm spring day you
open the windows and doors letting fresh air in. In a little while the energy of the house feels different, it is
lighter and more vibrant.
Greening Your Mind is like that, a refreshing change that replaces tired energy with a sense of aliveness and
well-being. What is required of you is to stop the "doing" for a little while and spend time "being" in Nature.
Being In Nature
"Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Feel the artistry moving through. And be silent."~ Rumi
Simply unplug for a little while. Take a break from the computer, phone, and conversations. Put the "to-do"
list aside. And give yourself a time-out from problem solving for yourself and others.
When we stop "doing" and step outside to "just be," we feel a sense of balance return as we reconnect to our
wholeness. It is like we are drops of ocean that wandered off. And when we take a pause from life's
busy-ness, we feel ourselves returning to the vastness of the ocean again. Our consciousness expands and we
feel connected to something greater and more meaningful than our problems.
By reconnecting with the natural world our fears and worries lessen. We radiate health and well-being.
We are more playful and vibrant.
And we are more able to care for others because we took tome to care for ourselves.
"When one finally arrives at the point where schedules are forgotten
and becomes immersed in ancient rhytms, one begins to live."~ Sigurd F. Olson
Explore ~ Connect ~ Lighten Up
For my entire life Nature has been my inspiration,
my fascination,
my delight." ~ E.O. Wilson
WE invite you to use this website to guide you into the outdoors. Turn off the phone and if you go with a
friend keep conversation to a minimum. Take curiosity with you and an interest in the natural world that is
all around you. Show up for Nature and see what shows up for you.
All know that the drop merges into the ocean,
but few know that the ocean merges into the drop." ~ Kabir