To date, I haven’t met anyone that has told me they can see them, taste them or smell negative ions. Yet, in nature, they are there all around us.

Visit the ocean and you are in the company of negative ions. Visit the mountains, splash around in a stream, or take a walk in the woods and you’ll be breathing in negative ions.

How do you know when you are in the presence of negative ions? You feel better. You relax and you feel more at ease with yourself and with life. That’s because negative ions increase the levels of serotonin in your body. Serotonin affects your moods, and you may find it lifting stress and even, depression. Some people become energized in the presence of negative ions.

Consider this excerpt about negative ions from The Root of All Healing from an article that summed it up beautifully:

“… quite a bit of medical research has been done demonstrating that negative ions help us simultaneously relax, reduce stress and energize us. Ecstatic, Ltd. in the United Kingdom commissioned a review of literature on the effects of air ions and concluded: ‘The consensus of the literature reviewed is that environmental air ion concentration levels and balance can affect a wide range of biological organisms, including humans. Elevated negative air ion levels are widely reported to have beneficial effects on humans including enhanced feeling of relaxation, and reduced tiredness, stress levels, irritability, depression, and tenseness.’”

If you are having difficulty sleeping, concentrating, feeling energized, relaxing, enjoying life, and opening up to your greatest healing—one of the simplest, sweetest ways to enhance your healing is to spend more time with Mother Earth.

I recommend getting out in nature every day. That’s right. Every day. That’s how beneficial nature is in the healing journey. It is one of the most over-looked prescriptions for healing, and it can be among the most powerful.

Nature slows down those hurried paces we think we have to keep up. Those rushed speeds and stressful lives are contributing to our discomfort and preventing us from relaxing enough for healing to occur.

As I share in my book, “You don’t get to physical health, inner peace or joy through stress and tension.” In order to heal you have to slow down and getting out there in those negative ions is one of the best ways to relax and discover a greater natural source for balanced energy.

Author's Bio: 

Misa Hopkins is the author of the best-selling book, “The Root of All Healing: 7 Steps to Healing Anything”, which has been named the first-aid handbook for the new 21st Century consciousness. She is also Spiritual Director and founder of New Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to global spiritual family and honoring the sacred feminine. With over 30 years of teaching and training experience, including teaching hundreds of healers, and now as a spiritual counselor, Hopkins is an astute observer of human motivation and potential. Her observations about the healing progress of her clients, students and friends, and her own miraculous healings led her to ground-breaking conclusions about why people remain ill, even when they are trying to become well. Hopkins recognized that illness may actually meet unconscious needs you aren’t even aware exist. In her book, workshops and articles, she provides insights about how to break through the limits of illness to experience the freedom and joy of wellness.