News from St. Francis 12/16 – 12/23/18

Another fine reflection from our vestry meeting last night. Thank you, Kim Henderson, for offering it. . .

During this joyful, but stressful time of year, I wanted to take the focus off our multi-screening days and reflect upon something that may be lacking in the busyness of our lives and that is, our connection to nature.

The average American spends 90% of their life indoors and 11 hours a day on screens. There is truly an epidemic of Nature-Deficit Disorder-a term coined by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods .

“Nature-Deficit Disorder describes the human cost of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties and higher rates of physical and emotional illness. BUT, mindful time in nature can reconnect us with the more than human world in which we live.

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