When was the last time you...
Connected with nature? Watched the sun rise? Looked up into the starry night sky for at least 20 seconds? Went for a 15 minute walk? Hiked a trail? Sat on a park bench and ate lunch? Played at the local park with your kids/grands? Took off your shoes and walked in the grass? Sat on the beach?
Listened to the ocean waves? Went swimming, snorkeling, kayaking? Visited a botanic garden or nature conservatory?
Did you know researchers found that more very young children can play a computer game and open a web browser than swim or ride a bike. Meanwhile there has been a steady decline in visits to U.S. national parks, and a drop in hiking, camping or fishing.
Today many children, as well as adults suffer from what researchers call “nature-deficit disorder”— reduced awareness and a diminished ability to find meaning in the life around us.
Yet research shows that there are important positive correlations between human health, intelligence and nature. Studies reveal that humans, in general, are healthier, happier, and perhaps even smarter and more creative when they have a connection to nature.
Commit to at least 10-15 minutes communing with nature for the next 30 days. You'd be amazed at all the benefits you will receive simply by connecting with the Earth. Once you do, come back and share your experience. If you already implement this practice, feel free to share.
Regina Thomas Dillard is the author of "FEED: Living Food Recipes to be Made and Eaten with Love", and founder of Inner + Sanctum Wellness, a business dedicated to assist others as they embark on their holistic journey. All products are handmade and sourced from reputable organic and natural ingredients purveyors.