Engagement with Nature and the Environment
Sense of place is often lost in the modern digital world and as a consequence tensions , social and mental disorders regularly emerge as expressions of increasing strains not only in individuals but in the many shared relationships within society. Sharing our “sense of place” through reading the landscape can assist in resetting our relationship to the natural environment which can help transition living space into a special place .
Water of life – cleanse and refresh us – .This old biblical phrase conveying renewal resonates well with walkers where there is an opportunity to rest awhile near flowing water containing the natural minerals essential to supporting living cells. Indeed, many of us are drawn to the sound that waterfalls make and communicating – no beginning , no end , just being . Sometimes, we’re also drawn to the constant motion of the water itself. Regardless of what exactly it is, waterfalls seem to have that relaxing effect, and that’s what matters as far as our mental health is concerned.
The image is the majestic High Force waterfall near the Walkers are Welcome town of Middleton -in – Teesdale . This spectacular waterfall , one of the most impressive in England also reveals the historic nature of ancient rocks with strata dating back 300 million years.