Emotionally, we need to have a connection: to other people, a place in society, a quiet place in nature to listen to the birds, or even time with our own breath. We all have a type of connection that speaks to us, that we desire or even crave. Other types of connection we can shun, ignore, or mean to cultivate but never seem to have the time.
I have been thinking recently, that we should spend more time seeking out all kinds of connection, including more of what we know we love and new kinds of connections.
It turns out that not taking time to connect with nature even has a name: nature-deficit disorder. Did you know that we, Americans, spend 80% to 99% of our time indoors? (I read that in this fun piece where I first heard of nature-deficit disorder)
Honestly, that feels a bit shameful. To be fair, it’s hard this time of year in the north- with snow covering almost every inch of earth- to find time to connect to the outdoors. Which is why it is important to make it a conscious priority whenever a chance comes a long. This weekend I am traveling to visit my grandmother in Florida. It may not seem like much of a burden to promise to spend as much time on the beach with my feet in the sand enjoying the sound of the waves, because it isn’t. Nature is a wonderful place to spend some down time. If you can learn to cultivate a love for the nature around where you live, you’ll be able to find a connection every time you step outside. We just need to make it a priority.