Glimpse: Up the Garden Path

How can we be more fully connected to the natural world? Carsten Knox, Mindful's Associate Editor, digs his toes into the topic in Mindful's second issue.

Photograph by Alexi Hobbs

One of my favorite parts of assembling this story was speaking to David Haskell, who wrote The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature. His practice of going into the woods every day and just noticing everything around him made me think of my relationship to nature when I was a boy.

From age five to eight I lived in South Africa. When I wasn't in school I was barefoot, giving the soles of my feet a leathery toughness they've never had since. I spent a lot of time in a creek at the bottom of the garden. I had relationships with freshwater crabs (watch those pincers!), lizards and all kinds of bugs. I noticed the wind in the tall grass and the sounds of birds in the trees. I basked in the sun.

Speaking with Haskell—and all the other sources in this story—was a good reminder for me. This summer, the shoes are coming off. And that's just for starters.

—Carsten Knox, Associate Editor

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