Q1-4: Y-Y-O-R

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Diagnosis: Patient suffers from Nature Deficient Disorder. Sense of connectedness to nature and sense of freedom and mobility are rated extremely low. Modest improvements regarding sense of security and balance, with slightly higher levels for recycling are signs of potential positive change.

Prescriptive Action: Developing a deeper sense of connectedness to nature can have positive effects on feelings of freedom and mobility. Understanding more about the vastness and mystery of Nature’s Systems expands and deepens our sense of place, where we are, right now.

Action #1 Walk-See-Touch

Take a walk, at least once a week, more is better. If you can walk to a park or parklette, even better, or take a bus and then walk. Walk for 20 minutes. In a the park or parklette find a patch of Earth, about as long and wide as you are tall. Begin to explore it, deeply. Discover it! How many different looking plants grow there? How many different insects can you see? What does the soil look like, smell like? If you can, sit down for a while. Close your eyes and imagine this spot on the spinning blue planet. This place, and all the organisms, growing, eating, pooping, breeding, right there. When you return home, make an inventory of the flora and fauna found that day.

Visit your patch of Earth at least once a week for 2 months. This could help.

Action #2 Start a paperback rock garden

Choose a paperback book from your personal library or buy one from a local used book store. A book with an interesting cover can be nice. Try to collect rocks that look different from one another. When you travel for work or pleasure (and you need not go far, our regional geologic landscape is tremendously varied due to plate tectonics) remember to pick a rock. Put it in your pocket. Bring it home. When you have enough, replace old ones with new ones and keep your favorites.



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