"Man is free and everywhere is in chain stores."- Graffiti
This got me thinking about urban life and how easy it is to become disconnected from nature. Recently I was listening to a segment on NPR called, This Ain't No Walk in the Park, about a young woman taking her anxieties of the outdoors to a whole new level by attempting to overcome her fear of dirt, bugs, grass, and everything natural. City kid or not, we are all faced with the challenge of not only feeling a part of nature and our place in it, but educating ourselves so we have the knowledge to make informed decisions about where our food comes from, what impacts we are making on the environment, and using our bountiful resources wisely and in a way that leads to healthier, peaceful, and community based lives.
In order to discover the plenty of what is before us, why not participate in the growing effort to reconnect ourselves and our lifestyles back to nature? Start by discovering something new about where it is you call home. This week find out what is in season (Seattle produce calender) at your local farmers market or take advantage of a sunny day and identify common bird or plant species on a nature walk. Whatever you do, unlock the chains that keep you strictly in the supermarket or on pavement and find your way back to something natural.