OPP #020: TIDBIT TUESDAY – What Does Connecting With Nature Mean to You?

Today's Tidbit: Connecting With Nature

We Discuss:

  • We celebrate our 20th episode in this special edition of Tidbit Tuesday, where we hear from the ten amazing guests we’ve had on the show so far give their answers to the question:  What does connecting with nature mean to you?  It’s the last question I ask in the lightning round of each interview, and the responses are touching and thought-provoking, and I hope they inspire you to consider what connecting with nature means to you.
  • If you would like to share your thoughts, please include them in the comments section below, and I look forward to reading them!

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Egídio Leitão

    Connecting with nature for me is a way to “recharge” my batteries. I used that saying when I was working. Now, even as a retired person, I still feel that need to recharge my batteries. Last year, in the middle of the lock-down, I discovered a park just 45 minutes away from my house. The scenery was entirely different than what you see in Central Texas: there are loblolly pines there. Furthermore, I would hike for hours without ever running into another person. It was a great feeling to absorb all the sounds and scents. Another connection with nature for me is that it takes me back to some of my childhood memories.

    1. Brenda Petrella

      Isn’t it nice to discover local gems like that? I think that was one positive outcome of the pandemic – it helped us learn to appreciate nature close to us. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Willy

    Connecting with nature means to me get peace of mind, forget my work and enjoy what I see around me. You often hear that you have to go out with a schedule or have a project, if I did that I wouldn’t connect with nature and enjoy what I see. Then photography would no longer be like work for me, instead of discovering nature.

    1. Willy

      I mean, then photography would be like work for me, instead of discovering nature.

      1. Brenda Petrella

        I agree, Willy, I would much prefer my experiences to be exploratory rather than on a mission. The latter takes away from being able to just enjoy what nature is giving you that day.

  3. Paul Rodden

    Baba Ram Das (Richard Alpert) wrote a book called “Be Here Now”. That pretty much sums up what connecting with nature means to me. When I have successfully connected, I am being, not doing.

    1. Brenda Petrella

      Yes! I couldn’t agree more – great way to put it. Thanks, Paul.

    2. Tammy Foular

      Connect with nature for me means a peace that cuts straight to my soul. There is a magical feeling that comes over me when I see wildlife, or the mountains, or a beautiful starry sky. It is both relaxing and exciting all at the same time. It grounds me and it lifts me up. No matter what is happening in the world, when I am in nature I feel amazing.

      1. Brenda Petrella

        I have a similar experience in nature. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us!

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