What about a movement to Occupy the Outdoors? It would be the simplest stand any of us could ever make. No need to fly cross country to a dismal park crowded with strangers, just take an hour or so and go outside. Take a hike, go camping, visit a park or hang out in a garden. Really inhabit the place for a bit. As an occupier, you’ll become familiar with the surroundings – get to know the natives; the trees, shrubs, flowers, birds, bees, critters and crawlers. Occupy the outdoors to enjoy a sunset, to see the moonshine gleam or to savor some peace in the shadowless noontime. Make dates to honor the seasons in your special outdoor places. Invite friends and family – have picnics, celebrate.
In fact OCCUPY could be an acronym for the practice:
Observe – use all six senses to really take in your corner of the outdoors
Cherish – do you like what you see, smell, hear, touch, taste and intuit? Bring it into your heart and let nature occupy you as well
Choose – think about your day to day actions and how they affect the outdoors world
Unwind – time spent in nature refreshes the spirit and heals the mind
Project – text, tweet, talk and write about your Occupy experiences, spread the word
Youth – technology is the future but kids benefit tremendously from time spent outdoors so don’t forget the youngsters on your Occupy the Outdoors mission
Imagine if 99% of the population allowed the gifts of nature to occupy their hearts. Then we’d see some real changes in this world.