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In recent years I’ve recognized how technology, being so pervasive, along with complex times create real barriers to being in and with nature. I often feel the pull between accomplishing one more task and taking a walk or between walking in my neighborhood to get it done and exploring new vistas. As I think more about the BE focus for today, there may be a subtle difference between “in nature” and “with nature” in that the latter suggests the development of a relationship in addition to a context or container for an experience. For me, being with nature is a call to walk and talk to the trees, to feel the sun’s warmth, to listen to what the birds are singing about, and to thank the egret for her presence in the pond.


As I get more excited about being with nature, knowing what’s possible is something I’m curious to learn more about. Besides checking the internet for ideas about where I might go, I’m thinking about asking for advice from others with a simple question or two. For example:

  • What is your favorite place in nature (in the city, state and country)?

  • If you had one hour to get reenergized in nature, where would you go?

  • What is one place in nature you’ve always wanted to see / explore / visit?


I will ask at least three people my three questions and start a list of places to explore in nature.

Next BE-KNOW-DO Blog post: Filled with hope

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