Are There Spiritual Benefits To Hiking?










“Hiking is a bit like life: the journey requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit.”-Unknown

Spending time in nature is always a spiritual experience. We feel blessed at Lakehouse Recovery Center to be located on the beautiful shore of Lake Sherwood where our views are constantly framed by mountains, trees, and a tranquil lake. Our beautiful location gives us the opportunity to access hiking and walking trails throughout the nature of southern California.

Hiking can be a beautiful metaphor not just for life, like it is described in the quote above, but for recovery as well. Recovery has to be taken one step at a time. Paying attention to the journey and not the destination is what helps addicts get through their recovery. Hiking is more than a metaphor. It is scientifically proven to increase happiness and wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Developing a sense of spirituality is an important tool in recovery. Having an idea of a world greater than the self inspires, comforts, and encourages those in recovery to keep going. Hiking can create meaning in life in many ways.

Nature Is Big And Beautiful

Getting away from the hustle and bustle of civilized life gives you a different look at how big nature and the world really are. Addiction and alcoholism can make the world very small. Many in recovery have a hard time realizing that the world is a big place, full of big possibilities. Additionally, the beauty of nature is inspiring.

Peace And Quiet

Sometimes, we don’t realize we aren’t breathing. Nature inspires you to take a deep breath. Hiking especially forces a focus on the breath. Walking difficult trails or even simple trails for long distances takes a lot of breath work. It can create a sense of peace and quiet, not just in the outside environment but the internal environment as well.

Lakehouse Recovery Center welcomes those seeking recovery and restoration. Our residential treatment programs are designed to teach you how to enjoy life again without drugs and alcohol. To schedule a private tour or for more information on our programs, call us today at  877.762.3707.


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