Nature connection was simply how our ancestors lived. They were aware of their environment, the flora and fauna and the changing seasons because they were immersed in it and depended on it. We are still dependent on the natural world but are becoming increasingly disconnected from it. Recently we have seen increasing interest in practices ranging from the Japanese Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) to wild swimming as people start to appreciate the mental and physical benefits these practices confer.
Put simply nature connection is the act of personally engaging with nature through sensory awareness & observation skills. You can trust me or try it for yourself but I challenge anyone not to be acutely aware of their surroundings when plunging in to a icy cold natural lake for a wild swim.
Our garden is a haven for wildlife and some, like our loud and proud Robin, defy you not to be aware of them. The squirrels scamper underfoot and overhead and others hide away in the undergrowth. With a little patient observation they reveal their habits, their preferred delicacies and in some cases their playful side. We encourage all who visit the site to take time out to hone their senses and absorb the natural world around them; as they find their place in it.
One way to do this is through sit spot practice.