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Diagnosis: Nature Deficit Disorder. C expresses deep sense of connectedness to Nature which may not be actualized in daily living. Sense of Freedom and Security, and Recycling habits earn diminishing ratings on the spectrum. C is not making/taking time to fulfill her desire to be closer to Nature. Feelings of guilt and imbalance may be the result of this less than desirable relationship to the Natural Environment. Below average recycling habits are an expression of these negative feelings stemming from Nature Deficit Disorder.
#1 Hike and Picnic once a month in open space. Take a good long walk first. Pack your lunch. Bring sufficient water. Some chocolate or fruit is nice as well. Bring some paper, pencils, pens, a journal, nothing too fancy. Take a bus/car OUT OF THE CITY one weekend morning. Go somewhere you’ve never been. Try the Marin Headlands and/or Muir Woods. Plan for this. Look at maps. Plot a hike. Once you’ve arrived, hike at least 45 minutes if possible before taking a break. As you walk remember to use all of your senses. Smell the Air, the Trees, the Ocean. Feel the Wind on your skin. Touch the trunk of a Tree. A tree is like an entire eco-system, supporting the lifecycle of hundreds, if not thousands of creatures from insects to birds, snakes, squirrels, and You. Leaning on a tree, close your eyes and listen to the tree. Listen to the land. Breath. As you inhale, know that trees expel oxygen in exchange for the carbon dioxide that we exhale, in an endless feedback loop that sustains life on our planet. Open your eyes. Find a nice place to sit and have some food. Write down what you see, hear and feel. Make an inventory of the animals and plants you met today. Plan to do it again.
#2 Recycle! When time is tight, and hikes are sacrificed for study group, work or social obligations, recycling can maintain your sense of balance and connectedness to Nature. It’s really not hard to do. All you need is… to SLOW DOWN. Think about it: the food that sustains you comes from no where else but the Environment. Taking the time to dispose of plastic and compostables in their appropriate bins is not only good for the planet, it’s good for you, as we are all one and the same, all ONE together.
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