The first cultural concept explored comes from Norway.
Friluftsliv (frí-loofts-live) describes a way of life that sets well with my soul — — exploring and appreciating nature.
Friluftsliv (frí-loofts-live) translates directly from Norwegian as “free air life,” which doesn’t quite do it justice.
Coined relatively recently, in 1859, it is the concept that being outside is good for human beings’ mind and spirit.
“It is a term in Norway that is used often to describe a way of life that is spent exploring and appreciating nature,” Anna Stoltenberg, culture coordinator for Sons of Norway, a U.S.-based Norwegian heritage group, told MNN.
Other than that, it’s not a strict definition: it can include sleeping outside, hiking, taking photographs or meditating, playing or dancing outside, for adults or kids.
It doesn’t require any special equipment, includes all four seasons, and needn’t cost much money.
Practicing friluftsliv could be as simple as making a commitment to walking in a natural area five days a week, or doing a day-long hike once a month.
While I’m not a religious person, I am a spiritual person and being surrounded by nature is the way I connect most with ‘a higher power’. Going to church once a week for me would be covered by getting out in nature and connecting my feet to dirt. Walking on concrete is the worst, asphalt is a bit better, but on dirt is amazing.
I feel connected to both the earth and the heavens when my feet are on the ground.