I'd just like to remind the universe that even if you *do* own a cell phone, there is no law saying that you must carry it everywhere and sleep with it. We have portable phones and I only carry one outside if I have some specific need or reason. I was recently give a cell phone and I only carry it to my garden if I want to take a picture. I'd rather enjoy the feeling of being in the garden and while I generally have a goal in mind, stopping to watch the bees or birds fills my soul. Today I gently encouraged a garden snake to move away only because I didn't want to accidentally hurt it, and I hope it had been hunting slugs!
Is it because there's no distraction of the internet (we don't have cellphones, so we can and do escape from the draw of technology when outside)?
Jay Angler wrote:They are absolutely addictive and programmers design them to be so. That's why I cringe when I see small children with unrestricted access to gameboys/phones/Ipads etc. In this post by Nicole Alderman - https://permies.com/t/40/111237/baby-brain-development-trauma-vaccines#911064 - she talks about how behavior/trauma/stress can impact the next generation through epigenics, and having just read that post, it makes me wonder what effect our current screen addiction will have on our offspring. They are already showing vision changes due to screens.
This is too scary to think about - I'm going back to my garden!
Jay Angler wrote:I think that when I'm outside, I get more sensory input.
Hugo Morvan wrote:As a human species we dwelled in caves for a long time, deprived of the sounds of birds, the rustling of leaves, the humming of insects, the warm feeling of the sun on our face, the cooling of a breeze.
When you're outside unexpected things happen all the time, you've got to be alert on terrain you don't know, blood is flowing, heart is pumping, you breath, you look, you wonder, you admire, you see change, you accept, you embrace the fact we are what we are, small vulnerable beings in a big promising and dangerous world, thankful to be alive.
Xisca Nicolas wrote:
Hi Hugo, I used to live in Burgundy and now I live in a cave, and you should try, so that you know that they are open to the outside, full of insects, and that sounds come in! And they are full of forms that "modern caves" do not have!
Dave Burton wrote:I think part of the thing that makes being outside make me feel better is that it "just feels right." I think it is appropriate to compare city-living to being a fish out of water, because as far as I understand, we evolved in jungle and prairie environments, so, it is only natural that we feel at ease and more relaxed when we are in our natural habitat.
As a city-dweller, I barely cope. It feels so weird for me, and I feel fight or flight instinct a lot being in urban environments. A lot of the times, in cities and high-population areas, my first instinctual feelings when someone I don't know approaches me are along the lines of, "who the fuck are you? why do you want to talk to me? Are you a threat?"
I typically feel safest in a city when I am in the parks or on some kind of nature trail or in some public garden. Visiting animal shelters, wildlife refuge centers, botanical gardens, or living museums helps me, too.
Mike Autumn wrote:
Dave Burton wrote:As a city-dweller, I barely cope. It feels so weird for me, and I feel fight or flight instinct a lot being in urban environments. A lot of the times, in cities and high-population areas, my first instinctual feelings when someone I don't know approaches me are along the lines of, "who the fuck are you? why do you want to talk to me? Are you a threat?"
I was downtown and couldn't help but be overwhelmed by so many people meandering throughout the sidewalk, the endless stretches of concrete jungles and the constant rumble of cars.
Dave Burton wrote:I'm not sure if this bothers other people, it's probably just because sound is more visceral to me...
Asides from people in cities, the sounds and smells of cars really make me repulsed.
On the flip side, Nature puts me at peace, because I find the sounds and smells to be so pleasing. I appreciate the chirping of birds. I appreciate the lack of people- their sounds and smells. I appreciate the fresh air and how clean it smells. I appreciate the emptiness of some areas- how little smell of sound there is. I appreciate the tiny little rustling of squirrels and chipmunks. I appreciate the smell of blooming flowers. I appreciate the smell of soil.
Chris Kott wrote:Ed, I would consider that kind of assessment reasoning by analogy, especially when we can look at the biochemical reactions in the brain to differing light levels and differing effects on the body from different parts of the light spectrum. I would say that, for the most part, there is reason behind the ancient way of seeing things, but that the phenomenon was described the way it was because there was no mental currency for that kind of information exchange.