Desert Healing

Despite its clarity and simplicity… the desert wears at the same time, paradoxically, a veil of mystery. Motionless and silent it evokes in us an elusive hint of something unknown, unknowable, about to be revealed. Since the desert does not act it seems to be waiting – but waiting for what?

                                      Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

The Health Benefits of a Desert Lifestyle

And in addition to the fun and beauty of this great state, living in the desert also provides significant advantages to health and quality of life. Keep reading to discover all the great health benefits to be had from a desert lifestyle. 

The ‘desert experience’: Evaluating the cultural ecosystem services of drylands through walking and focusing

In these interviews, participants are encouraged to focus on various aspects of their physical, mental and cognitive experiences as they walked in a natural desert landscape.

 

"For me, the main experience is that my heart is expanding, I have a lot of air. A feeling of space on the one hand and a kind of awe on the other. I…the wonders of nature, the power of the stones, the boulders, the contrast of colors…that “does it” for me. […] In my fantasy I want to live in the desert. It causes me to suddenly breath deeper, be calmer. Raise my eyes and observe. To downshift and take a slower pace. Put my worries and thoughts aside and understand that everything is small compared to the power of nature."                    -- Participant comments in the above study

Deserts as Ecosystems and Why They Need Protecting

Deserts are vitally important to the planetary ecosystem. They cover approximately 1/3 of the dry land of our planet. They are also amongst the most fragile and endangered biomes.

Gregg Valenzuela, Transcendental Desert Meditations

Growing Again poem from Gregg Valenzuela's book Transcendental Desert Meditations