Soulful Sundays: Nature

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." -Lao Tzu

Some of my richest childhood memories involve being outside. Whether it was an extended camping trip to North Carolina or just going out in my backyard, I spent a fair portion of my early years outdoors. I would play in the dirt, construct tree forts, and battle invisible enemies with sticks. My brother and I would splash in streams and ponds collecting crayfish, tadpoles, and turtles. I remember growing up very dirty and very happy. Fewer and fewer children are having these outdoor experiences. And for that I am a little sad.

When we spend more time outside many positive things happen simultaneously. First, mature ecosystems like forests, steams, and grasslands are the most complex learning environments on th