There are many benefits to connecting with nature. Spending time out doors among the plants, animals, and elements that surround us can do wonders for our well being. For myself, I notice a greater calm when in nature, as well as greater clarity about my place and purpose in the world. Getting to know the wilderness gives me a better understanding of who and what I am and how things work. It allows one to see the connections between all creatures and things, including ourselves. And a cool part of getting to know nature is that there is always more to learn! You can always go deeper.
I didn’t always have a connection to nature and strong sense of place. When I was a child I had a pretty strong nature connection, while I was in a natural environment anyway, freely interacting with and engaging in it, playing with the earth, the plants, feeling the air on me, and swimming and wading through whatever body of water I could get into.