I coach leaders in the great outdoors, immersed in nature. Not in corporate vacuums. I get leaders to reflect on the space they find themselves in, for experiential & multi sensory experience. To stop, observe, breath differently, think differently & challenge what the meaning and purpose is in all that they do in life & business. Its important to develop mentally tough & wellbeing leaders, by using the resilient skills that nature has.
The biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Biophilia is “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”,”The human innate connection with nature”. Unlike phobias, which are the aversions & fears that people have of things in their environment, philias are the attractions and positive feelings that people have toward organisms, species, habitats, processes & objects in their natural surroundings.
When connected with nature, willingness, capacity & the ability to learn is significantly increased. Throughout evolution our lives have been totally interconnected with the rest of the natural world. We are sadly disconnecting from the physical as the planet fails.
Kaplan 1993 said exposure to nature leads to improved cognitive functioning & mental well-being. Kaplan found that people concentrate better after ‘nature time’. The concept of Attention Restoration Therapy (ART) explains this.
Nature is full of intriguing stimuli which gain our attention without having to actively process information or control our responses. Our brain is still stimulated while we are relaxed. In sensory noise environments, we have to decide where our attention should be directed & we cant relax. It requires no effort to focus and reflect on soft fascinations. Clouds, leaves rustling, the wind, water bubbling – this is effortless attention. We have evolved to function best in natures rich surroundings. Einstein said “look deep into nature and you will understand everything better”. Nature sharpens our senses, focuses our thinking, opens our hearts and soothes our spirits. There is a rhythm to walking that frees the mind.
Contact me to book a WALKING WITH LEADERS day for a unique experience to change your leadership life. Go off map for the day. No smart phones. Just your thinking and walking shoes.
“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude”. William James