Health Benefits of Nature Walks

I wanted to share this article about the healing benefits of nature. I have often gotten the intuitive message for clients to spend time in nature… this backs up some of the reasons why it is so beneficial.

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A Healing Message from Nature
Spending time in nature offers many health benefits. It reduces your amount of stress hormones, bathes you in sunlight that raises your vitamin D levels, and seems to reduce the risk of developing nearsightedness. Some physicians are even prescribing nature walks for their patients, as a USA Today article points out.

Nature seems to recalibrate us, bringing us back to the rhythm and flow of our bodies’ natural home outdoors. When was the last time you were in nature and felt any anxiety or irritability easily leave your body and your energy field? Just a few minutes spent in nature turns on the parasympathetic nervous system, which counteracts the physical experience of stress. Exercise can do the same, which is why getting out into nature for a walk actually supports your body in recovering from everyday stressors. Intuitively, you may know this, but do you make the time to get outside and exercise? . . . .

As you head out to a beach, a forest, a park near your home, or perhaps your own backyard, you might want to think about working with some of the expanded-awareness exercises in my book Change the Story of Your Health and discover what messages nature has for you, and whether working with nature can bring in healing energies for you as well. You can use my Healing with the Help of the Earth meditation, available on YouTube, as you lie on the ground, or try one of the exercises in the book that involves working with the wind, water, or fire in the form of a bonfire, firepit, or candle (be careful to fully extinguish the fire afterward).

I continue to hear from people who have worked with the exercises in the book and am very pleased that several have written wonderful reviews posted on, such as these:

“I find the stories and techniques in the book are sticking with me—I catch myself thinking about them while I’m driving and in the middle of chores, and when I take a moment to do one of his exercises, it feels like a little present I’m giving to myself. I can imagine that this book is an ENORMOUS gift to give yourself if you’re living with a health issue.” 5-star review

“ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE BOOKS ON HEALTH I’VE EVER READ. This book opened my eyes to the “health story” I’ve been telling myself for decades.” 5-star review

Unity magazine has just published a review of Change the Story of Your Health in its July/August edition, as has Rewire Me magazine and New Consciousness, and you can read an interview with me in Evolving magazine. I’ve been doing several radio interviews including on Pathways Radio, Beyond 50 radio, the Nancy Ferrari Show on the Spark It Network, and “On the Couch with Dr. Michelle” on LA Talk Radio.

For the next two days, you can access my interview and interviews with other experts on the topic of pain as part of the Pain-Free Living Summit hosted by Alejandra Rodriguez. For those of you who struggle with pain, I invite you to investigate the chapter on pain in the story of your health using the techniques in the book. Perhaps relating to your pain differently and learning what it has to teach you can shift your experience of it.

I wish all the best to you as you work to write a new and more satisfying story.
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About Deanna Wind Haven Shaman

Deanna Strandquist is a modern day Shaman who uses the ancient wisdom in our modern world. Working with a shaman is an approach to self care that puts you in charge to‍‍‍ clear a full range of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual influences that affect your overall well being. When the traditional methods are no longer working, consider exploring another way to break free to live your life in an authentic way.
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