Butterfly, Santa Barbara by drektional.com

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Our culture has changed dramatically over the last decade and the need to be computer savvy and use technology in our everyday lives has become critical. The convenience of having the world at our fingertips seduces us into the pixelated world of screens and animation, divorcing us from the real experience of life. Each time we turn to technology we lose our connection to nature, forget our roots and float endlessly from one form of visual stimulation to another.

How do we reclaim our connection to ourselves and nature?

There is an urban saying “Life is what happens to us while we are planning to be somewhere else.”  Can we stop for a few moments every day and just be a “part” of nature instead of a-part from nature?

1. Be willing to put away devices and turn off your phone just for 10 mins every day.
2. Stand in nature, in your garden, local park or other safe outside area.
3. Look closely at your environment as if you were seeing it for the first time.
4. Notice sunlight, fauna, flora, a breeze in the branches of a tree.
5. Drink in your surroundings. Be in the moment, part of the scene and ground your day in nature.

Enjoy this short video on how to reconnect yourself to nature and be more grounded.

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