The Healing Powers of Nature

“Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace.”
-Dr. Janice Anderson & Kiersten Anderson.
Introduction

I was originally going to call this post ‘The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men – Part Two. Just when I thought it was safe to start making plans again things took a turn for the worst with a bad attack of arthritis in my left knee. I had previously been diagnosed with degenerative arthritis some years ago, probably a combination of age and the aftermath of a bad motorbike accident in my 20s.

I had been slowly increasing my daily target and feeling great, despite a nagging pain in my knee. Then, I awoke one morning and it was no longer nagging but demanding attention. This is what happens when you get overconfident and stop listening to your body’s warning signs. They say that pain is a great warning sign that something isn’t right. In fact, even Arnold Swartzenegger, the professional strong man, was once asked if anything ever hurt him. His reply was, “Only pain.”

Leaving home

The knee injury is more annoying than serious. But, like any injury, if it is to heal, it must be taken seriously. I’d spent almost a week resting and waiting for it to improve and doing only the minimum required steps. The pain would ease and then return. Then today, my lovely wife suggested that we take a walk through the Mui Shue Hang Park. She chose this location because it has several entrances and exits and in a worst-case scenario, you are never too far from public transport.

Getting to the park

We took the 64K KMB bus and alighted at Parc Versailles, a housing estate just outside of Tai Wo and close to the park entrance. As we crossed the footbridge leading into the park we paused to listen to the river sounds. As there has been a lot of rain recently, there was a lot more water running.

It is said that being amongst trees and nature is one of the best cures for whatever ails you. There is certainly plenty of both in the park and I firmly believe this to be true.

It has long been established that spending time in nature helps to reduce stress levels. This of course, assists in lowering blood pressure. Reduced stress allows us to take a fresh look at ourselves and the problems we face, including physical problems. “Being in nature increases dopamine and serotonin in our brains – chemicals that are associated with an improved sense of satisfaction and motivation.” (The Healing Power of Nature).
Plenty of clean and sheltered seats along the path

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One of the great things about this particular park is there are a lot of sitting areas where you can rest and enjoy your surroundings. As we arrived in the late morning, most of the people who visit the park as their daily routine had already left and we had the place almost to ourselves.

The Trees

My regular readers will know of my love affair with trees. I never tire of being close to them.

Amazing root systems

The Twins

We never forget to look for these two trees on every visit
Conclusion

I am happy to say that in the few days it took me to prepare this post my affliction has improved a great deal and I am able to get out and about. I’ll have to be careful for the next week or so and, this time, pay attention to the warning signs.

For further information on the Mui Shue Hang Park please take a look here and here.

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Published by stewartgoeswalkies

Happily married man to a wonderful lady. Living in Hong Kong. In my younger days I enjoyed hiking, camping and rock climbing. I've trekked in the Himalayas and climbed Mt. Kinabalu in East Malaysia.

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