Occupy the Outdoors

Moon over South Mountain Park

The Occupy movement seems to be ending rather badly, and you wonder if there was any other way it could come to a close. I was trying to think if they accomplished much besides a steady diet of drama. I’d like to see the corporations that dump toxins in the air and garbage in the rivers called out for their actions, but I must be too old for camping in a city square. Here is a clean take on the idea.
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.

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One response to “Occupy the Outdoors

  1. You need to submit this to a bigger audience! So well done………

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