Modern welfare through the lens of a 12 ap Century Nun
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179 AD), was a German Benedictine abbess, visionary theologian, artist, composer, writer and philosopher. Although it was his deeply spiritual work his rise to the saint and Doctor of the Catholic Church, it was his work in medicine and scientific research that helped build the foundation of natural history and health in Germany, and beyond.
The work of Hildegard in the monastery infirmary and garden of medicinal always herbs undoubtedly practical experience that produced two major works Physica and Causae et Curae . These two volumes of theory and practice classified vast amounts of information on scientific and medicinal properties of various natural objects, as well as the exploration of the human body and its relationship with the natural environment.
It was his notion of connectivity with nature that united much of his work. She coined this vital connection between the natural world and the health of the body and the human spirit as viriditas or “green, vitality, and growth.” Hildegard believes this power greening of nature and health and welfare of the human body were interconnected.
While the notion of viriditas reached 800 years earlier that modern science began to explore the inner workings of our minds, their ideas about the nature and well-being – namely, our need for experience nature on a regular basis, are proving out, as modern science reveals the relationship between nature and our well-being.
Hildegard spiritual motivation to maintain connectivity with nature was not a branch of theology, but rather a central principle. She believes that nature is divine and thus participate in this sense was a means for humans to thrive both physically and spiritually.
“With the help of nature, humanity can establish in the creation of all that is necessary and sustain”
– Hidlegard, Book of Divine Works
notion of the divine “power greening” of nature may seem mystical, but nothing likely to have experienced the relaxing effects, soothing, and raising even small moments in the natural environment Hildegard. It seems that innately know about the healing powers of nature still struggle to engage, to find the time or the means to connect.
Unfortunately, the advances of modernity has overshadowed the wisdom of Hildegard -. Or even as the time of Hippocrates ( “Walking is man’s best medicine”), by building limits developed between our daily lives and the natural environment
However, there is hope. The mysteries of our interconnectedness with nature are being reviewed by modern science. One of those areas of study that incorporates many of the principles defended by Hildegard called attention Restoration Therapy ( “ART”).
The art of being
ART was developed by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan in the 1980s and popular I Zado through his book: The experience of nature :. A psychological perspective Since then, art has been a growing area of research that shows the positive medical results and promising relationships between natural environments and cognitive function, mood and physiological well-being.
In simple terms, the nature we de-emphasized. ART is based on this premise. Nature can indeed heal us by simply placing ourselves in it.
Urban environments are accumulated stress as they constantly recruit our involuntary while forcing us to focus our attention on specific tasks responses, resulting in fatigue. This voltage, however, is absent in natural environments. green spaces, parks, forests, streams, rivers, lakes and oceans require very little of us in terms of direct care.
Instead, these environments allow us to drift through what is called involuntary attention ; we can think as little or as much as we want. We can focus on the clouds, the sun, moving water, but this approach still allows our mind wander. This state is free-flowing, dipping acts like meditation, production of calm and relaxation. The most interesting part is that this restorative, relaxing experience actually increases our attention and energy.
Nature is still stimulant; It can be attractive and attention, but is different from the urban landscapes in the way that commands our attention. Where natural environments are indifferent to our presence, urban environments constantly ask us. The built environment requires our participation and awareness in ways that inundate us with stressors.
The natural environment offers a wide range of optional commitments. We can simply “be” or we can participate in certain aspects of the environment, but in any case is not asked our attention is directed directly or our involuntary attention is burdened by excessive un-abundance of stimulatory signals.
When Hildegard advocated the time spending in nature and having walks after meals who was prescribing ART. Once labeled fringes and quirky, the ART approach to health is a legitimate practice now finding its way into modern health care, architecture and environmental design, and therapeutic programs across the country.