4 Ways to Bring Nature Into Your Life

Did you miss out on this yearís Earth Day festivities? Well, donít worry, itís not too late to celebrate. Springtime is an excellent time to reacquaint yourself with your natural roots. After months of cold and seclusion during a long, stormy winter, who wouldnít want to get out for some fresh air and sunlight? Here are four ideas to help you tune into your inner wild…

Gather wild foods. Whether you live on a rural hilltop or in an urban jungle, edible plants find niches everywhere. The act of foraging for plants can build our awareness of the surrounding nature, bringing us a little bit closer to Mother Earth. Some cities, like Portland, Oregon, get the community involved by compiling a list of documented wild food sources within the city (check it out: Urban Edibles). Check out what resources are available in your own community. I promise you that a breakfast of local eggs scrambled with foraged ramps and fiddleheads is just as luxurious as that of any five-star restaurant. But, before you race out the door, here are two important rules by which to abide: never over-harvest any particular area (or you will inadvertently wipe out that crop for next yearís harvest) and ALWAYS be 100% certain of the identity of your plants! While many plants are very unique in their appearance and scent, some have deadly impersonators. For more info about this and foraging, check out this bit on NPR.

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Take a hike… anywhere. Even if you are unable to trek to the idyllic wildflower meadow of your dreams, going for a hike immerses you in high doses of nature. If hard-core uphill trekking isnít your thing, try a local park or nature preserve. Plants and wildlife are everywhere, regardless of whether you drive three hours to the high peaks or walk ten minutes to the park. All you have to do is open up your senses and drink up the inspiration. (Here are 7 of the best urban parks.)

Trying to live more sustainably for Earth Day? How about clean commuting…

Get dirty. If a hike doesnít appeal to you, try your hand at gardening. Not only is it beneficial to the environment, but also can improve your general sense of well-being. What better way to reconnect with nature than to cradle terra firma in your bare hands! And letís face it, itís nice to get a little dirt under your fingernails once in a while.

Sleep under the stars. Let nature absorb into your pores. Set up a hammock in the breeze and swing away beneath nightís sparkling blanket. Humans have been inspired by the stars and the mysteries of the universe for thousands upon thousands of years. Listen to the sounds of nature and let the universe put all of your mundane worries into perspective.

Why do I support craft beer? Peace, love, & hoppiness…

Reading this, you may have noticed that all of these activities could theoretically be done in the same day, or weekend. Go for it! Dedicating time to rediscovering nature will bring you more happiness, creativity, and vitality. You may have missed “Earth Day,” but you can still incorporate a little more earth into every day.


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Tania N.
Tania N2 years ago

Nothing like soothing Mother Nature!

Melania Padilla
Melania P3 years ago

Look for it!

Deborah W.
Deborah W5 years ago

For those less agile: observe nature at work through your window ... if you're luck enough to still have a porch and/or swing, use them ... backyard putzing ... over-the-fence neighboring. These can help keep you social and stimulated rather than going brain dead from isolation.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

really great. thanks

Val M.
Val M6 years ago


Shawna Call
Shawna Call6 years ago

Love these ideas! Thanks.

Sabine I.
Past Member 6 years ago

thank you! I love this (:

Dale O.

I love to sleep under the stars, especially when the fireflies are out and there are thousands lighting up the fields, forests and meadows. What a treat!


Yes, Diane L, posting in the wrong article can happen, especially if one has several windows open on articles one wants to go on to next (sometimes I see a number of articles that I want to move on to and have six to ten windows open, going from one to the next...a cat video purrhaps, an article on the bees, a recipe for Portobello mushrooms...women's rights, politics...so many to choose from.

Ouch, when we accidentally post in the wrong article. I see you were commenting on the: Would you eat bugs article!

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U6 years ago

Thank you - how true it is.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.6 years ago