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Get Connected With Nature

The more we know about something or experience something, the more we care about it. Poignancy increases when you have a direct relationship with someone or something experiencing a tragedy or triumph. Getting connected with nature will help you immensely as you go green and deepen your level of caring and responsibility for the environment.

  • Go for a walk today. Take a moment on the walk to slow down your busy mind, relax into the deeper rhythm of the nature around you. Even if you’re in suburbia or an office park, there is life everywhere. And this is a wonderful month to notice large and small changes. Let that quieter rhythm inform the rest of your day.
  • Ask a friend to come with you on a walk tomorrow.
5 Excellent Reasons to Walk

 “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

1. Your inner health
Wallace Stevens said, “Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” We all experience moments in the day that are extremely challenging. Taking a break from them and re-gathering your energy can really help to change your perspective and regain your sense of humor when faced with the foibles of the human comedy.

2. Your Physical health
Walking at a moderate pace for 30-60 minutes burns stored fat and can build muscle to speed up your metabolism. Walking an hour a day is also associated with reducing your risk of heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes and stroke. Studies have shown that people using a pedometer walk an additional mile each day. That adds up!

3. Your wallet
If you walk more on small errands or even walk to work, you’re saving gas money, along with making a health investment for your future. As you build up your walking practice, remember what Steven Wright said, “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”

4. Your powers of observation
John Burroughs said, “To find new things, take the path you took yesterday.” If you have a daily practice of walking you’ll be amazed at the small changes you can daily and weekly see in the nature that you walk through.

5. Your innovation
Friedrich Nietzsche said, “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” When you pull your nose back from the glass, you get a fresh perspective. Fresh air and sunlight are both food for the brain. Remember, Velcro was invented because someone went for a walk. 

Next Step – Two Wheels!

As the weather permits, try getting out on your bicycle and enjoy the free, playful feeling you remember having as a kid.

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”  ~H.G. Wells