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Nature and Cognition

  1. Job 12:7-10 But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
  2. Stanford • “One mechanism [toward increased mental illness] might be the impact of nature exposure on rumination, a maladaptive pattern of self-referential thought that is associated with heightened risk for depression and other mental illnesses. Findings of the effects of a relatively brief nature experience suggest that feasible investments in access to natural environments could yield important benefits for the “mental capital” of cities and nations.“
  3. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
  4. To Him who made the great lights, for His steadfast love endures forever; the sun to rule over the day, for His steadfast love endures forever;
  5. The moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever.
  6. In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.
  7. Norwich Medical School UEA • “Exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure. Populations with higher levels of greenspace exposure are also more likely to report good overall health—according to global data involving more than 290 million people.”
  8. How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number—living things both large and small.
  9. Norwich Medical School UEA • Lead author Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: • “Spending time in nature certainly makes us feel healthier, but until now the impact on our long-term wellbeing hasn’t been fully understood. We gathered evidence from over 140 studies involving more than 290 million people to see whether nature really does provide a health boost.”
  10. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.
  11. Norwich Medical School UEA • Study co-author Professor Andy Jones, wrote rather strikingly, I believe: • “We often reach for medication when we’re unwell but exposure to health-promoting environments is increasingly recognised as both preventing and helping treat disease. Our study shows that the size of these benefits can be enough to have a meaningful clinical impact[…] Much of the research from Japan suggests that phytoncides—organic compounds with antibacterial properties—released by trees could explain the health-boosting properties of forest bathing.”
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  13. Jesus • It seems striking to me that Jesus spent so much time helping others, • “Yet He frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray.” —Luke 5:13
  14. Jesus • Luke 18:1-8 • Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. "There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.'
  15. Jesus • Luke 18:1-8 • "For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.'"
  16. Jesus • Luke 18:1-8 • And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? "I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"
  17. Jesus • Luke 6:12 • It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. • Luke 22:41 • And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and began to pray,
  18. Change • Mark Twain said, "Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times.“ • Luke 11 and the unclean spirit • Matthew 17:21 —followers of Christ couldn't get an unclean spirit to leave, and Jesus observed them and said, "This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” • Uninterrupted time
  19. Failure to communicate • “Simplifying important but complex messages can be a necessary and valuable approach for increasing the reach of those messages. But when simplification renders the message inaccurate, the mission is harmed.” • —Dr. Heather E. Heying
  20. Failure to communicate • Beatriz’s remarks. • Educational psychology
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  22. Failure to communicate • “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” • — Col 4:6
  23. A Failure to correct
  24. A Failure to correct • Can’t go where you want unless you know where you are. • The truth is a terrible and fearsome thing, falsehood is a destroyer of one’s lifetime and soul.
  25. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Substance use disorder, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, depression and dysthymia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, eating disorders, insomnia, personality disorders, anger and aggression, criminal behaviors, general stress, distress due to general medical conditions, chronic pain and fatigue[…]and female hormonal conditions.
  26. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Attempts to ascertain both the point and method by which one’s cognitive processes lead to undesired outcome
  27. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • According to the National Institutes of Health, cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown through meta-analyses (multiple studies of studies) to be efficacious in treating a number of deleterious issues.
  28. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • The NIH concludes that, “In general, the evidence-base of CBT is very strong.” • This is important as it allows people to have more control over their lives through their own, internal mechanisms, and also allows for more positive outcomes. If it can work, there’s really not a better way to fix one’s life.
  29. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Romans 12:2—Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. • 2 Corinthians 10:5—Take every thought captive to obey Christ.
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  32. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Prov 1:32-33 • "For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.“ • Zeph 1, “I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and punish the men who are settled in complacency."
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  34. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Some current facts for me.
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  36. Isaiah 66:8 • Like a new birth, becoming a new person is not without pain. • “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.”
  37. The Four Loves • In the book, “The Four Loves,” CS Lewis wrote, “Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.” • As compared to me.
  38. Agape • Do you love me? FEED my sheep! (John 21) • Greater agape has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15) • My own terror
  39. Nature, prayer, vigilance • Nature, prayer, and vigilance