“Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding visualization and the full use of the senses.”
-Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods
Lent is upon us and brings with it an opportunity for us to commemorate the forty days Jesus spent in the desert before beginning his ministry*. Amongst other things, we learn that Jesus must have known his way around the wilderness quite well to survive that long all alone (which is more evidence for our theory that Jesus went to summer camp as a kid!) Commemorations of Lent often take the form of giving something up or taking something on that helps us to grow in our faith.
Spending some intentional time outside each day—be it spent playing tag, building a fort, trekking through the woods, bird watching, or even trying to pick out fun shapes in the clouds rolling by—can be a spiritual discipline of its own. It’s an opportunity to connect more fully with the God who created the fern and the tree, the mosquito and the eagle, and, yes, even you! You can reap other benefits by spending time in nature as well: your stress levels will likely decrease, your energy levels increase, your body will absorb much needed Vitamin D, you’re apt to lose weight, and if you have ADHD, you may even discover that you’re better able to focus. This is true for all ages and abilities!