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"I finished Connecting with Life by Martin Summer and honestly I have NEVER felt so inspired by a book in my entire life." - Veronica Portillo
"This is the perfect book for a city person like me. I do not want to live in the woods or get lost in nature. That is not my idea of fun, but this book does wonders to help one connect with nature in simple ways." - Maggie Dobschuetz
"I loved how accessible this book is. It is anything but dry. The author's humor and passion for nature absolutely shine through on every page." - Michelle Brosius
"Martin Summer presents a fresh and deeper look how mindfully connecting with nature can make a difference in our lives and the world." - Susan Williams
"If you are someone who is on the path of wellness and sustainability of the Earth, you really must read this book. It is a light-hearted easy read that brings a lot of thought to living an urban lifestyle while trying to stay connected to the Earth." - Kelli Pagel
"I loved it! Both urban and natural explorations are covered in a logical informative manner that excited my imagination." - Jan Tangen
"This nicely organized book may provide that little shove or inspiration you need to turn off your televisions and computers and make a little time to get your hands dirty digging in your garden, or to tune in to the songbirds' song or to take a hike in the woods." - Nancy Scott
"This book was written for people like me - who love or even just might like nature a bit but also live in a city." - Erin Childs
From the Author
In wild nature we can forget about the fast pace of our modern lives, the de-mands on our time, and the responsibilities we bear on our shoulders. We can gain perspective on how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things. While that may sound depressing, remember it's actually a good thing. We gain humility and appreciation of life when we realize our smallness. We can heal our psychological traumas as we get away from it all and make our lives simple again. We can benefit from this effect while going on a multi-day hike. We can recover by spending a night in a spartan cabin in the woods. Exploring the open seas on a sailboat can change us, too. So can enjoying the ocean on a stand-up paddle board, or sitting in an inspiring surrounding taking in the views.
Nature is a precious gift we might not fully appreciate as we spend most of our days in air-conditioned buildings. So, let's make a conscious effort to expose ourselves to it in doses both small and large. In this book, I explore the "why" and "how."
- File size : 1020 KB
- Publication date : August 22, 2020
- Print length : 169 pages
- Publisher : Summer Press (August 22, 2020)
- ASIN : B08GJY5CWH
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
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indoor air pollution, noise pollution (including restaurants, light pollution both in and outdoor, protect hearing from noise that others make (cars, neighbor's lawn mowers, etc). Then there are the things that increase our awareness of nature both outdoors as in parks but also in urban settings. Be aware of and inform yourself about edible plants and city foraging (Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness). I learned that in Europe and elsewhere there is such a phenomenon as barefoot parks!? So much to learn and enjoy! No specific mention of adapting interest to disability as that is too personal a matter to include in such an already diverse book, but he has a website with even more information.
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Summer Press via NetGalley. Thank you!
Connecting with Life: Finding Nature in the Urban World by Martin Summers.
I received this ARC from Netgalley for my honest thoughts on this novel coming out August 25th, 2020. This is not typical book I would read but Mr. Summer makes compelling points about how people have changed and are not spending enough time in nature and how pollution and our environment are being destroyed.
Mr. Summer discuses the changes made over hundreds of years and how we’ve become more urbanized and have moved away from living and surrounding ourselves with the outdoor world. This he says is affecting us both mentally and physically.
He believes in what he calls the “biophilia design,” which is the innate need to connect with other life forms. He feels we should have more natural light. wood floors, plants, water fountains in our homes in order to be closer to nature. Optimally if we could live out of a big city it would be better all together. This way we could be one with nature but since that is not always possible the above suggestions can help. I found that his suggestions were doable but not always realistic.
Mr. Summer writes a powerful book but it is not a realistic book from my point of view. He makes some great points and is thorough explaining how one can make a change for the better. I give this book 4/5 stars. Although I might not agree with everything Mr. Summer says I do find his research and knowledge impeccable.
As a person who has chosen to live in a rural community in an already sparsely populated state in America myself, I still found the book loaded with useful gems (wild camping, wabi-sabi, biophilia, proprioception, petrichor, shinrin-yoku, bivouacking, proxemics, acoustic ecology…and the history of human house plants…) and new insights that I have already incorporated into my daily life (like actually tracking how many hours I am outside each day to try to increase the percentage of my wakeful hours outdoors). I may even try winter swimming that “may …improve antioxidant protection… [making me] less susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections.” I will also at some point need to visit and walk in a “barefoot park” which are most commonly found in Europe, as “people had healthier feet before the invention of shoes”. I’m also going to see if I can actually smell the ozone just before the next thunderstorm hits. I was only slightly bothered to learn that the ocean smell I am so fond of is actually “a combination of dimethyl sulfide, produced by bacteria as they digest dead phytoplankton”, seaweed sex hormones (dicytopterenes) and bromophenols. I’m still working on the suggestion of getting up earlier and trying to have “unstructured time to recharge” without my iPhone and I am only casually considering vacuuming more frequently. Honestly, much of the advice I had already incorporated into my lifestyle choices years ago, but I still found it validating and can echo the sentiments of the author when he explains that “[n]ature can help us get close to each other as we realize that others love the natural environment as much as we do. It can also remind us that we are all a part of something bigger than us.”
I appreciate that provided examples are worldwide, and although the author resides in Poland, the stories, anecdotes, and data are gleaned from across the globe which ensures that a wider audience will be engaged both personally and practically. The chapters are stocked with introductions and overviews of sustainable guidelines and ideas including green companies (e.g. Patagonia that makes wetsuits out of Yulex and Notox that makes cork surfboards), cool and free apps (such as where2go,Headspace, Calm, Strav, MovNat, meteoblue…), useful websites (AllTrails, WikiLoc, www.afforesttcom...) and quotes from a multitude of books (such as Awe: The Delights and Dangers of Our Eleventh Emotion, Speed: Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster---and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking) to add to your reading list that add depth and substance to the overall content. Before reading this book, I had only a vague understanding of noise pollution, likely because it may be “the most pervasive ignored pollutant of our modern era.” This along with the discussion of myopia was a real eye-opener (pun intended). There’s a lot jammed into this relatively short book.
Throughout the book, Summer uses fictional characters to develop scenarios----I would have appreciated more stories from real people side by side with the more scientific, data driven approach to add a bit more authenticity and direct connection to and for the reader.
Overall this is an excellent read to help you refocus and recharge both familiar and unchartered paths to improved health and wellbeing through a lens sensitive to the larger needs of our planet and all the creatures we share it with.