Life is also about our connection to nature. What does the word nature conjure up for you? For some it is a country walk and a picnic with beautiful scenery. For others it might be about being cold, wet and exposed to the elements.
Having some sense of what is happening in our environment is healthy and nature is part of that environment. Many studies show that we become a lot calmer when we have access to green spaces or the sound of flowing water. This is an easy and often free way to recharge our batteries. I am convinced that wherever we are we can find some connection to nature even if it is just going outside and looking up at the sky.
Like many of the other awakenings we have looked at you may decide that nature is quite important to you and this could affect your decision about where you live and the type of job that you do. When I worked as a careers adviser I would discuss the impact of job environment – including indoor and outdoor work -with my clients. If you enjoy nature you are more likely to become a farmer in a rural area than an office worker in a city. An office worker in a city could still include nature by incorporating a short walk, going jogging etc. Looking after a pet, such as taking a dog for a walk, could also encourage engagement with the natural world.
I enjoy picnics and I have several friends who love camping. I also like walking and for the past few years I have been getting into planting flowers. There is something very affirming about planting something and seeing it grow. Much of nature is free and available; we can enjoy it without owning it.
Are you someone who often pays attention to the changes in your natural environment or do you only notice the new buildings in your area? Can you be still and feed your soul or do you feel uneasy when the birds sing and the rivers flow?
Here is a link to a current concern that you may find interesting and informative The BBC on butterfly populations