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Our Essential Connection to the Outdoors - Scott's Perspective
Share this: The great outdoors has always been an integral part of my life. Growing up in Canada I regularly went camping, hiking, and was steered by my parents outside during free time, regardless of season or weather. Being outdoors was just what I did. Years later, living in the concrete jungle that is Bangkok, Thailand, I continue to gravitate towards natural spaces, even though opportunities aren’t necessarily obvious or easy. Cycling along the city’s canals, running in slums, and enjoying a city park has always been a draw, especially at sundown. I didn’t equate it to much more than a predilection for being active, but it turns out there may be much more primal reasons and powerful benefits for engaging nature. While strolling seemingly endless beaches at Hua Hin, Thailand during an introspective period, I found myself hearing the rolling waves, birds, wind in the trees and nature’s orchestra extremely clearly. Each walk left me feeling fulfilled, recharged and very creative. I wondered why, did some research, and stumbled upon Richard Louv’s intriguing book The Nature Principle. In it he references ‘Vitamin N’, which stands for ‘Vitamin Nature’, and hypothesizes that humans require a regular dose of it to fully utilize and hone our senses and instincts. While technology is changing and reshaping our lives at an unprecedented pace, Louv cautions we have not yet addressed how human capacities are enhanced through the power of nature. For the first time in human history there are now more people living …