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Connecting with Nature

By John Halstead

[Snip] In his essay, “Eskimo Science”, Richard Nelson writes:

“Probably no society has been so deeply alienated as ours from the community of nature, has view the natural world from a greater distance of mind, has lapsed into a murkier comprehension of its connections with the sustaining environment. Because of this, we have great difficulty understanding our rootedness to earth, our affinities with nonhuman life.”

The question then becomes, “How do we reconnect with the earth?”

The simple answer is: Spend time in nature — the wilder the better. It is well known that spending time in nature increases our health, vitality, and sense of well-being. Some researchers have linked obesity, ADHD, and other childhood health conditions to a disconnection from nature (what Richard Louv calls “nature-deficit disorder”).

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