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Hey There!

Hope your summer is going well. Would you believe that we hit 119 degrees in the Sonoran Desert last week? The beautiful thing about Arizona is that I woke up the next morning with a pleasant chill and then jumped in some 60-degree water.

My son and I and one of his friends did a multi-day canyoneering trip. Imagine a backpacking trip with swimming, climbing, and sometimes rappelling.

We traversed until we found a perfect spot for camp. It was a rocky ledge with trees. The canyon was deep enough and properly oriented so our site never got direct sun. Even though back home it was scorching hot, we never got above the low 80’s.

From my hammock, I could look out at the rock walls and the river. At night, if I woke up all I could see was the milky way and thousands of stars since there was no light pollution, no moon, and clear air because of high elevation.

Below is my son cooking breakfast before we set out for the second day.

I had a new insight on this trip. When I am immersed in human technology, my mind is always agitated to some degree. Everything I see triggers thoughts about things that need to be done or improved on.

When immersed in nature, I’m just present, taking everything in. Curious and aware. So much of what we think of as personal anxiety may just be a natural response to the unnatural environment in which we live.

Most of us will never live out our lives in the backcountry, nor should we. But think about your time and how much is spent in technology as compared to nature.

Imagine the small ways you can reclaim moments. A quick walk in the park. A few more plants in your home. Even time spent planning a trip can count.

To your health,
Dr. C