By Nathan Vink UCF Forum columnist I have vivid memories from my childhood of traipsing through the woods near our house
Politics can destroy the story, or our story can transcend politics.
For decades, our culture has struggled with two addictions, to oil and to despair. It's pretty clear by now that we can't kick one of those habits without kicking the other.
The greatest gift we can give is the gift of time. What better way to grow closer to a child, spouse, friend or potential friend, than to leave behind the jarring pressures and electronic static of everyday life, and simply go for a walk in the woods together?
As our families continue to enjoy the summer months, please keep creating those authentic memories, and work hard to push them into that long-term storage cabinet, filled with the scent of plumeria, roaring sounds of the ocean, or the resonating clucks of the`Alae`ula bird. Ask your children to put down their hand held games, gadgets, and yes, selfie sticks.
At The Park School in Brookline, MA, where I teach fourth grade, we do the things that most schools do, but we have also been working to connect with and protect the environment.
America's obsession with safety has stunted children's development. It has made play so boring that American children spend hours on the sofa with their video games, contributing to the crisis of obesity.
My promise to my patients and their families -- and to my family and to myself -- is to spend more time prescribing and living life, to honor the power of food, activity, rest and mindfulness to promote healing and prevent illness. I am fully and authentically committed to walking this walk.
Nature time can bring us back to our senses. But unplugging the power strip doesn't always come naturally, even for those of us who, by nature, love nature. It requires a conscious act and a change of scenery.
Here are six reasons why meaningful relationships with nature may -- in concert with other approaches -- bolster mental health and civility and reduce human violence in our world.