Q5: Beach, difficulty recalling time-frame.
Diagnosis: Nature Deficit Disorder expressed in connectedness to nature and sense of balance and security rating extremely low. However, strong sense of mobility and freedom combined with poor recycling habits show coping mechanisms common to Eco-Aversion Syndrome.
Action #1: Do nothing outside once a week for 10 minutes. To do nothing is to simply Be. It is an advanced practice that takes a lifetime to master. But the process of teaching oneself the skill of stillness, awareness and emptiness is beneficial in itself.
Use a small blanket or towel, yoga mat or nothing at all. Sitting on a stoop or a bench can also work, as long as you are in a predominantly natural setting like a garden, backyard, green space or park.
Sit, spine lengthened, shoulders and arms relaxed, fingers splayed and open to the Sky. Softly extend your neck, relax it. Slowly turn your head from side to side as you breath in and out. Then center your head, center your breath. Empty your mind and let the Earth’s gravity hold you. Practice stillness.
Action #2: Recycle! Our actions may seem small, but the gestures when compounded, affect change. Be aware of your refuse. Reuse, share, play. Slow down, and ask yourself, “Can I recycle that?”