A View of Minamkeak lake in winter, near Fred's Cove.


Wellness and Special Places in Nature

In this article I will speak about the wonderful healing 
Potential of special places. By “special places,” I mean those
places in nature or the natural world that are close to our
hearts, and healing to our mind, body and spirit. If you don’t
yet have your own special place in nature, I would recommend
that you mmake this a goal for the near future.

I have a number of special places, and have used them for the
healing of dis-ease, for inspiration, and the gaining of new
insight into a problem, or to have a respite from the activities
of my normal life. They are a refuge of safety, or places where
we are able to re-orient ourselves, to think about and to
determine goals for ourselves, or simply quiet sanctuaries for

In our special places we are able to engage the landscape
in dialogue; I mean, to get to know an area quite well. We
are able to see how its mood changes with the weather, the
seasons or the time of day. Over time, we also become
acquainted with the animals and birds that frequent our special
place, and may even get to know their behaviour patterns, and
flight paths. For me, it takes on the aura of an old friend – a
place where I can take my problems, a place which gives
both support and intimacy.

It is not my place to tell anyone how they should treat their
dis-ease or to recommend a treatment, nor do I advocate
nature therapy (ecopsychology) practices as a substitute for
professional medical services. However, there are times when
we can empower ourselves to remedy situations on our own,
or with the help of friends, or in conjunction with professional
services. And, too, having special places  is a good means of
illness prevention. It is an excellent process, and a free form of
self-help, encouraging us to play a greater role in maintaining
our health and wellness.

Let me conclude this article, with a suggestion: go off into the
natural world and find an area in which you feel relaxed and
comfortable. A place where you feel safe, and are able to
contemplate life in peace. Make this place a refuge in the
weeks and months, ahead. Visit your special place at least
once or twice, weekly. While there, examine the area in detail
noting the bird, animal, and insect life you discover. Begin a
journal of your experiences while in this natural landscape.
Have a brief period of meditation during each visit. As  the
weeks and months pass, you will come to realize that your
special place has assumed an important role in your life, and
in helping to define the kind of life you live. You will also
notice what a wonderful role it plays in maintaining your
well-being. Having  a special place in nature will help to bring
you a more joyous life.


Laurie Lacey is the publisher of Natural Healing Talk,
a bi-weekly newsletter on natural healing and wellness.
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