As an Eco-Friendly writer, I found a valuable resource in Richard Louv’s book THE NATURE PRINCIPLE: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder. He’s done tons of research to support his ideas that are the basis of his seven principles. One that is especially relevant for our daily lives is the following principle:
” The more high tech our lives become, the more nature we need to achieve natural balance.”
It’s through our senses that we experience life, and it is through our senses that we can reawaken to a fuller and more authentic way of being. For many us, we’re losing a valuable part of daily living. We’re getting out of touch with our sensory experiences that give us joy. We’re bombarded with over stimulation from visual and audio technology and busy calendar filled lives. Don’t we sometimes feel numbness to real feeling, seeing and hearing the real things in our life?
Mounting research is telling us that staying indoors is harming our mental well-being. Jonah Lehrer’s Wall Street Journal blog WSJ Blog Mom Was Right:Go Outside he warns that humans are becoming indoor species. Is this a problem? Yes, according to scientists’ research. We spend so much time with technology that we don’t have time to get outside.
Children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend more than four hours a day interacting with technology. That means they have less time or no time for nature.
Leonardo da Vinci comes to mind when we think genius and creativity from art to science and inventions. So I decided to find something about one of the greatest thinkers of all time. One good source to find some answers is Michael J. Gelb’s National Bestselling book, “How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.”
Some important points from Gelb’s book that I want to share today are: