HEALING WITH NATURE
Medicinal Plant Knowledge
In ancient Indian culture, several plants were considered sacred because of their medicinal properties. Many of these were grown at home and people had a common knowledge of how they could take care of simple ailments through home remedies. This plant based medicinal knowledge grew into schools of medicine such as Siddha, Ayurveda and Naturopathy. While Indians today, still consider some of the plants sacred and might have rituals worshipping them, very few have an intimate relationship with them or know how they are to be used to keep ones daily health robust.
The Healing with Nature programme aims to revive these simple techniques by helping people learn to grow them at home once again and make simple home remedies using these plants.
Health is an exchange of energy
When the connection between humans and their natural environment is restored, many ailments caused by stressful urban lifestyles quite naturally get relieved. Handling soil, bathing animals, spending time in the sun and the breeze stimulate the senses and revive them. The pace of life and work slow down and the natural rhythms of day and night are respected once again. This is the basic principle on which the Healing with Nature programme is being designed. On allowing the exchange of energy between ourselves and Nature to flow again.
Work on an organic farm
Healing with Nature involves reconnecting our mind body and spirit to the earth and her rhythms. For most urban residents, there is little occasion to do this directly. Once a month we offer opportunities for volunteers to work on an organic farm, doing the labour that is required to keep a farm going. This allows them to use their bodies in a way they don't normally do and experience a sensory contact with Nature directly. The programme helps people reflect on their day of work and how it has shifted their perception.