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The Biophilia Effect

A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
February, 2018
ISBN:
9781683640424
In stock now: 
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$20.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 


This book celebrates our interconnection with nature and shows how to deeply engage the natural world wherever you live to dramatically improve your health. Clemens Arvay presents fascinating research, practical tools and activities, inspiring stories, and more in this accessible guide to the remarkable benefits of being in nature. In this translation of the German bestseller, you will learn about:

  • Biophilia—psychotherapist and philosopher Erich Fromm's term for people’s love for nature
  • How nature alleviates pain and accelerates recuperation
  • Stress reduction in nature
  • The lessons of the wilderness
  • Yards and gardens as a source of inspiration, happiness, and health
  • How landscapes interact with the human psyche
  • Nature’s influence on the mind, heart, and other vital organs of the body
  • Meditating in nature to boost attention and concentration.

When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable and, to the citizen, most dismal, swamp. I enter a swamp as a sacred place, a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow, of Nature. — Thoreau

“The biophilia effect happens when we connect with our roots,” writes Arvay. “The biophilia effect stands for wilderness and the conception of nature, for natural beauty and aesthetics, and for breaking free and healing. That is what this book is about.” The Biophilia Effect is your guide to accessing the sacred bond we share with nature wherever you call home.

All of us know from intuition that spending time in nature is of benefit to our health. But only in the last years has science revealed how strong our healing bond with nature really is. Forest air, for example, contains a rich mixture of bioactive substances that trees use to communicate to each other. When we breathe in (this air), our immune system reacts with an increase of natural killer cells that protect us from viruses.

Did you know that spending time in a forest activates the vagus nerve, which is responsible for inducing calm and regeneration? Or that spending just one single day in a wooded area increases the number of natural killer cells in the blood by almost 40 percent on average? The plethora of information offered here results in a nice self-help and nature-therapy book with many valuable tips and exercises.

“Arvay illustrates how we can tap into our inherent connections with nature and become wild once again. And as our bodies, psyches, and souls heal, the world will become a better place for all.” —Marc Bekoff, author of Rewilding Our Hearts

Publisher’s Description: 

Did you know that spending time in a forest activates the vagus nerve, which is responsible for inducing calm and regeneration? Or that spending just one single day in a wooded area increases the number of natural killer cells in the blood by almost 40 percent on average?

Weve all had an intuitive sense of the healing power of nature. Clemens G. Arvays new book brings us the science to verify this power, sharing fascinating research along with teachings and tools for accessing the therapeutic properties of the forest and natural world. Already a bestseller in Germany, The Biophilia Effect is a book that transforms our understanding of our interconnection with natureand shows us how to engage the natural world wherever we live for greater health, inspiration, rejuvenation, and spiritual sustenance.

 

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