Deep nature connection isn’t some exotic skill that is only possessed by John Muir and Davey Crockett. Deep nature connection is practiced every day by thousands of people all around the world who live it as a part of their every day lives. That includes people living deep in the wilderness and people living in the middle of cities.
Deep nature connection can be part of your life, too. And it’s easier than you think. All it takes is a few simple routines that only require minutes a day. Don’t get me wrong, more time in nature will certainly help you connect faster. But finding a few minutes out of your busy schedule each day can have profound effects.
There are several basic routines that contribute strongly to deep nature connection. Since today is Thanksgiving Day in the US I want to focus on one of the most powerful nature connection routines, thankfulness. Being thankful every day does more to connect us to nature and each other than we may realize.
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When we take the time to be thankful on a regular basis it has an amazing effect on our lives. There is a lot of evidence that suggests that gratitude strengthens our mental and physical health and improves our interpersonal relationships. Gratitude is obviously a good thing, how does it relate to nature connection? The key is that being thankful forces you to first notice something in your environment and then appreciate the benefit that it has in your life. To be thankful you have to recognize the connection that you have to all the things around you. You can appreciate your house for sheltering you. You can appreciate the clerk at the grocery store for giving up her holiday so that you can shop. You can appreciate the farmers that produced food for your table. You can appreciate the birds that sing outside your window, even on a frosty fall day. All these things remind you of the connection that you already have to your whole world.
I think that hints at the biggest secret of deep nature connection. You are already connected to nature; it’s unavoidable. Being thankful is the process by which you begin to be aware of the nature connection that is already part of you. So don’t be thankful today, be thankful every day. You will find you are healthier, happier, and more connected.
Thank you for reading,
Executive Director of Operations
Whole Earth Nature School