Book Review: Nature Connection: Fixing our Broken Relationship with Nature.
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Imagine being on the Titanic tourist submarine right now. The world watching with bated breath hoping and praying that the people trapped way below the ocean's surface with limited air are found and rescued. It’s yet again, another real-time, real-life drama playing out before our very eyes. Just as the images of orange-tinged smoke engulfed New York City and other areas in the United States due to wildfires miles away in Canada this month. All reminders of how important the ability to breathe is to our survival.
As it turns out, trying to live without a reverent relationship with our natural world, is like trying to survive without breathing. Dr. Mile’s Richardson newly published book, Nature Connection: Fixing our Broken Relationship with Nature is a much-need dose of oxygen to aid not only the health and well-being of humans but the health of our planet.
Richardson skillfully weaves several recent studies into a relentless manifesto declaring that having a relationship, not just visiting or recreating, with our natural world is essential to humans' well-being and the more biodiverse the setting, the more it supports our mental health. This comes at a time when biodiversity is plunging. What Richardson does not include in his book is the big elephant in the room: the human population has been growing rapidly over the past several years. The author does include how the shift in our thinking and relationship with the natural world has been a catalyst for our destruction of plants, soil, wildlife, water, and more.
So how do we begin to restore our home, planet Earth? Richardson outlines a formula, based on recent studies, that needs to be integrated into policy, practice, and education immediately to turn this modern-day Titanic situation around.
Although most of this book references situations in the United Kingdom, I found it very pertinent to what is going on in the United States also. Richardson’s book joins the likes of other nature relationship-promoting books such as Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols and Sacred Nature by Karen Armstrong. Each of these authors calls on us to establish and cultivate a loving relationship with our natural world. This is a bold step in the world of science which traditionally dictates keeping emotion out of the narrative. Yet emotion is the biggest motivator for behavior.
Nature Connection: Fixing our Broken Relationship with Nature is an essential read for leaders, policymakers, educators, healthcare professionals, and anyone else looking for the path to a planet where we can live well and in harmony with our natural world.
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Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make just one pound of honey.
The average honey bee only makes one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
It takes two million flowers to make one pound of honey?
Bees are one of the most important pollinator species to our food security and ecosystems.
Honeybees provide pollination services valued at between $15-20 billion annually in the United States alone.
How can we help support these insects that are so vital to our survival? Here are three simple things most of us can do:
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Ahh, Spring. The birds are singing their favorite songs, daylight is more plentiful, neighbors are coming out of the woodwork, and outdoor festivals are posting their upcoming events; there is so much new life!
As a kid, summer was my favorite season, as it is for many kids. No school, playing outside until late into the evening, ice cream trucks, long days at the pool or beach, hanging out with friends. As an adult, I have come to better appreciate and revere each season for what it brings, but Spring has definitely become my new favorite season. I love the vibrant energy, watching the plant life emerge from the earth, and being in awe of the magnificent way Mother Nature paints the landscape with various colors and shapes.
I invite you to tap into this joy by enrolling in the Morning Nature Walk Program. While any day is a good day to begin the healthy practice of walking, Spring is a prime time. Some reasons are obvious, the weather is better, maybe we want to prepare for feeling better in lighter clothes or a bathing suit. The best reason, in my opinion, and the reason why this walking program is like no other is that in this program I outline, in detail how you can walk WITH Mother Nature, not just IN nature.
Connecting with nature has so many holistic health benefits not only for us; but for our planet. The research is now flowing with support for this practice. Would you like to enhance your joy, improve your immune system, feel calmer, sleep better, be more creative, better able to focus, and more? Did you know that a recent study from Cambridge University found that taking an 11-minute brisk walk every day, or walking 75 minutes per week, will lower your risk of stroke, heart disease, and a number of cancers?
Are you one of the many people who have awakened to the fact that we need to each take agency of our own health? There is no pill to magically fix many of the health problems that we can prevent in the first place.
Spring into action now and enroll in the Morning Nature Walk Program: LINK
You deserve to feel better in your own body.
January is just around the corner and we all know what that means-time to decide on a New Year’s Resolution. Millions will flock to join a gym, enroll in a weight loss program, pledge to eat more vegetables, and have other health-related changes they want to make as they strive to be healthier.
What if I told you there is one resolution that will help you enhance your whole being? Nature Connection. Yup, nature is the central pillar of health that not only impacts our holistic health, but the health of our planet. Setting an intention to connect deeper with our natural world will result in an astonishing number of benefits.
What exactly does connecting with nature mean? It can be as simple as taking time to just go outside every day. On average Americans spend nearly 90% of their time indoors. Going outdoors and simply breathing in some fresh air, or gazing at the clouds passing by above you, can promote calmness, elevate joy, improve our ability to concentrate, help us sleep better, and combat loneliness, just to name a few benefits.
You may be saying to yourself, wow that is awesome! Or perhaps you are more of a doubter and saying, it can’t do all that. The only way to know for sure is to try it and see if it works for you.
This is why The Nature Nurse™, PLLC has created self-guided online programs to facilitate your deepening relationship with Mother Nature. My company also is now hosting in-person nature attunement retreats for women.
These nature connection programs will teach you the latest research supporting that nature connection is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. You’ll learn how to create a sustainable nature connection practice, as well as tips and resources to make this a New Year’s resolution you will be adhering to all year. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to experience for yourself a wide variety of ways to attune to nature so that you can decide for yourself which evidence-based practices work best for you.
Ready to get started? Check out various online programs and the upcoming Women’s Vitamin Sea Retreat now. You may find that you don’t want to wait until 2023 to get started!
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