My book, Naturography, will be on sale at Greenbank Farm thanks to women I met at the seminar who felt it captured their mission well.
The most eye-opening takeaways for me were:
- Child abductions are down 1% since 1970, yet this is most parents worst fear preventing a child from going outdoors.
- My rural county has 470+ nonprofit organizations in it! No wonder it seems everyone and their grandmother volunteers in some way.
- My county is super abundant in natural resources, yet facilitating conscious nature connection STILL is a challenge.
- Despite the most homework, school testing, and structured childhoods, the average screen time for youth today is 50 hours a week! I squared that with my own teen by calculating her habits with her, and she ranks at about 10 hours during the school year. Phew!
All humans make meaning. It's what we do, and each of us assigns meaning to exactly the same event or object or relationship differently. Identifying our life's purposes (I don't believe we have just one), remaining aware of our sensory aliveness in the moment (what we need to work harder at as a nature disconnected society), and finding meaning in our suffering are important ways meaning prevents us from giving up, deciding life is worthless, or throwing in the towel.
My psychology readings this week all seemed to echo this theme.
"We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering."
"Once an individual's search for a meaning is successful, it not only renders him happy but also gives him the capability to cope with suffering." 
"Over 95% of our lives are spent indoors. This is traditional in contemporary culture, but with respect to nature it's biologically and psychologically abnormal. Nature inside and around us becomes a foreigner we conquer. Nothing else relates to nature that way. It's a form of madness." 
"As our ancestors separated from Nature's ways, they psychologically lost vital rewards and intelligences that nature provided. This loss created a void in our psyche, in the way we learn to think. The void produces a need for fulfillment. We experience constant cravings we satisfy artificially even though we're fully aware of the cravings ruinous effects." 
"We need a new organic holistic approach to problem solving, one that reunites us with the land, one that creates lasting change." 
 Michael J. Cohen, PhD, Einstein's World, p 5-4
 Michael J. Cohen, PhD, Einstein's World, p 5-5
 Theresa Sweeney, PhD, Eco-Art Therapy, p 13