The Children and Nature Network invited me to take the Vitamin N challenge as one of the challenge bloggers and social networkers to help connect children families and communities to the natural world.
Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, Richard Louv’s new book, was written to encourage widespread, diverse and accessible action to nature.
Richard states, “It’s not just kids who have lost their connection to nature; with more of us dwelling in cities, adults have too. We have left our relationship with nature and not many are talking about this.”
The Vitamin N challenge was a timely arrival as I have to head back home to Scotland for 8 weeks where I will be living in the city, a complete contrast to the wilds of British Columbia where I have been living for the last 10 years.
So what could my Vitamin N Challenge be? Watch the video…
Living in the wilds of British Columbia, its not difficult to get your daily dose of Vitamin N however for the next 8 weeks I will be living in the city of Edinburgh. I felt this was the ultimate challenge for me to see how easy or difficult it is to get intimate with nature in the city.
We have Lost our Intimacy with Nature
I believe it is a lack of awareness – passing through nature rather than stopping and focusing. When did you last hug a tree? I mean really hug and connect with the tree. When did you last go barefoot and walk amongst the flowers or stop and watch the bee collect his pollen? Or just sit and be with nature. We are an integral part of nature and yet we see nature as something separate from us.
“Nature allows us to remember we are more than “this body” and “this mind,” and that we are whole and connected.” – Richard Louv
Over the course of the next 3 weeks I will share with you 3 playful ways on how you can become more intimate with nature in the city.
Nature really isn’t difficult to find in the city, nature is all around us. We are part of nature; we are surrounded by the elements every moment of every day. The more time we immerse ourselves in nature, we begin to remember and awaken to the abundant beauty and love that surrounds us. We become healthier, happier and more creative!
How can we be intimate with nature in the city?
Next week I will share with you the first of 3 simple ways on how you can become more intimate with nature in the city. Stay tuned!