“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; [the Lakota] knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.” – Luther Standing Bear
Nature is essential to our spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Nature has so much to teach us about ourselves, the natural world, the interconnectedness of all things, how things work, and much more. In nature, we come to appreciate beauty, and we are more relaxed–if we allow ourselves to be. For me, nature is awe-inspiring: when I walk in the woods, I feel connected to life! Children, when allowed to really interact with nature, can be very creative. More and more our children are spending too much time indoors, and we see the results of this in their health problems. Here are a few ways to encourage your family to interact with nature.