The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age by Richard Louv
For many of us, thinking about the future conjures up images of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road: a post-apocalyptic dystopia stripped of nature. Richard Louv, author of the landmark bestseller Last Child in the Woods, urges us to change our vision of the future, suggesting that if we reconceive environmentalism and sustainability, they will evolve into a larger movement that will touch every part of society.
This New Nature Movement taps into the restorative powers of the natural world to boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv offers renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.
Richard Louv, recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal, is the author of seven books, including Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle. The chairman of the Children & Nature Network (www.cnaturenet.org), he is also honorary cochair of the National Forum on Children and Nature. He has written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and other newspapers and magazines. He has appeared on The Early Show, Good Morning America, Today, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Morning Edition, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, and many other programs. For more information, visit www.lastchildinthewoods.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Nature-Deficit Disorder for Adults 1
Part 1 Nature Neurons: Intelligence, Creativity, and the Hybrid Mind
1 Singing for Bears 9
2 The Hybrid Mind 21
Part 2 Vitamin N: Tapping the Power of the Natural World for Our Physical, Emotional, and Family Fitness
3 The Garden 43
4 Fountains of Life 46
5 Re-naturing the Psyche 56
6 The Deep Green High 70
7 The Nature Prescription 78
Part 3 Near Is the New Far: Knowing Who You Are by Knowing Where You Are
8 Searching for Your One True Place 91
9 The Incredible Experience of Being Where You Are 100
10 Welcome to the Neighborhood 110
11 The Purposeful Place 120
12 The Bonding 140
Part 4 Creating Everyday Eden: High-Tech/High-Nature Design Where We Live, Work, and Play
13 The Nature Principle at Home 157
14 Stop, Look Up, and Listen 174
15 Nature Neurons Go to Work 182
16 Living in a Restorative City 197
17 Little Suburb on the Prairie 220
Part 5 The High-Performance Human: Making a Living, a Life, and a Future
18 Vitamin N for the Soul 241
19 All Rivers Run to the Future 249
20 The Right to a Walk in the Woods 265
21 Where Mountains Once Were and Rivers Will Be 270
"We have set up an elaborate society designed to strip us of the environment that made us--and Richard Louv is speaking out, inspirationally, on why it doesn't have to be this way." --Carl Pope, Chariman, The Sierra Club
"This book provides a way back to where we belong, a world of reverence, joy, and discovery." --David Suzuki, author of The Sacred Balance
"A refreshingly personal and eloquent case for building nature-smart communities." --David Yarnold, President & CEO, National Audubon Society
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Vitamin N! That would be nature and her attributes to our health, mind, body and soul. Richard Louv shares the wealth of knowledge gained in extensive research, his own lifestyle of loving nature and the tragic loss of his own father whose demise happened shortly after changing to a lifestyle of "inside living".
The author shares practical advice, fun stories, and research based facts and is very convincing that every person needs nature in their life.
The direct result of "fresh air" is a clear mind, more oxygen to the brain, and being exposed to elements in the air that are not found inside. Our bodies reap the benefits of walking through the flora and fauna (versus on a treadmill) where the footing changes and various muscle groups get to be used.
It is said by different scientific studies that humans have up to 30 senses! Nature, in all her beauty, sounds, smells, etc., allows for a plethora of experiences -- no two are alike.
There is so much to say about this wonderful book but the bottom line is that nature has a lot to offer and those who do not find time to enjoy miss out.
Having been raised in the country, on a small farm, I identify with the author's message. I, too, must spend time outdoors whether it be fishing, clamming, crabbing, skiing, hiking, mushroom hunting (and so on). Monday morning is never quite as good if the weekend was spent indoors!
As an audio book, I absolutely enjoyed every CD. I listened on my way to and from work, when I had to run errands and during every opportunity I had. It was nice to imagine the scenes, contemplate the information, say "wow" at the research of scientists and smile at the realization that I am living right with a life full of Vitamin N!
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