1. When/how did you discover your love for the outdoors?
I played in the woods as a young child in Poland, where I was born. So there has always been a strong connection for me.
2. Take us through a day of what being in nature feels like to you.
Nature is my happy place, a place of peace unabridged by the noise and chaos of our modern world. I often go to fully connect with who I really am. I walk in nature slowly, taking in the scent, the colors, the birds and other creatures. It's walking meditation, connecting to truth! I'm a total tree hugger, trees represent peace, strength and wisdom. I'll often sit under a tree and be at peace. Fully feeling my connection to the natural world and to all living things.
3. If somehow being in nature was an impossibility, how would that affect your life?
It would be very difficult for me. I live in Florida, and in the summer months, it gets unbearably hot, so I typically abandon going outdoors as much as I typically do. I tend to get a little depressed in the summer months, unable to explore.
4. Why do you think it's so hard for so many to "surrender" to something that brings us joy/peace,and how could that change?
We live in a world where we glorify " busy" and productivity, so we feel if we're not "doing" we're not worthy. Lingering lazily under a tree, seems like a waste of time. It takes a consciousness shift to get us to come to the natural world. We have to give ourself permission to be present and enjoy our down time. Our society does not support the art of exploring and connecting!