The Latin root of the word “compassion” means “to suffer with”. But it doesn’t just involve suffering with someone; it also involves being motivated to act as a result of suffering with someone. This brings out the paradox in exercising compassion: you act out of love for someone else by sharing their pain with them.
The fact that we’re even writing an article about the benefits of getting into “nature” shows that there’s a huge problem in how we’re living: we’re seeing nature as separate from ourselves. In reality, humans are part of the interconnected web of nature that makes up our world.
A Google search of the word gratitude yields nearly two billion results. Yes, two billion. There are 48 million Instagram posts alone tagged with #thankful. More and more companies from just about every industry are using some form of the word grateful not just in their branding but also in their business names.
There are several different spheres in wellness—mental, emotional, physical, and social are the most commonly discussed. But one sphere that’s often ignored is spiritual wellness. It’s not talked about as much as all the other spheres, but it’s just as important because spirituality is a piece of who you are.