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Let your senses become your nature guide

Many people enjoy being outdoors and experiencing nature. But to be honest, we are doing lots of other things when outdoors than just experiencing nature. For example, spending time with friends and family, talking on mobile phones, listening to music, exercizing, solving troubling work or private issues, trying to remember species’ names or identifying birds. Nature then becomes just background that we pay very little attention to.

Next time you are out there, let your senses guide you to new nature experiences. Give one sense at a time attention:

  • What sounds do you register close and far away, are they soft or sharp, frequent or rare?
  • How does nature feel, what about that tree trunk near by? How does the ground feel under your feet?
  • How does your nose experience nature? This time of year the shifts in temperature and the decomposition of leaves and grasses create palettes of scents.
  • The eyes are our most used sense and also the easiest to explore. One way to challenge your eyesight is to look for details, for example shades of green in a single tree.
  • There are plenty of edible berries, plants and mushrooms to be enjoyed, or why not focus truly on the taste of your picnic food during the break of your nature explorations.

This sensually-guided nature experience was inspired by Hans Landeström in his work on nature-guided therapy.

Enjoy the beauty, taste and smell of Pine needles. image courtesy Sara Borgström

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Toilets for millions

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 | Environment Update | No Comments

Dr Pathak from India receives the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize.
Millions of people in India today benefit from his work with sanitation in relation to human rights, social progress and health. It started in 1970 with the establishment of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement. Dr. Pathak’s work has led to the development of cheap toilets as well as clear health improvements among the poorest in the meagcities of India which provide a model for other parts of the world.

Check out Sulabh International

Innovative solution for many

Innovative solution for many

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