"My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earths loveliness" Michelangelo
Before there were any cultures, societies, or religions, before even languages or the first word spoken, there was the holy, sacred, and divine. It lives in the stars, waters, sky, earth, trees, animals, and in all creation. As nature is a creative force like the feminine, we consider nature a mother to all. Nature is also looms large and strong as in great trees and mountains, so can be considered masculine as well. It starts as a gift, and we embrace that gift wholeheartedly. Nature is also our heart, and saving grace.
In nature we often feel our most joyful, peaceful, and at home. In this rushed, complicated, and stressful civilized world we now live in we need that "fix" on a regular basis. The great naturalist John Muir said "When we try and pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." He also said "Just one day spent in nature and we are rich forever." We consider nature God's true cathedral, church, temple, and sanctuary in many ways.
A 2017 survey of 12,000 adults and children in the United States has shown that many people have lost a close connection with nature. The study, The Nature of Americans National Report, found that
more than half of adults reported spending five hours or less in nature
each week. Parents of children 8 to 12 years old said that their children
spend three times as many hours with computers and televisions each
week as they do playing outside.
A key recommendation in the report was for communities, conservation
groups, schools, and state and federal wildlife and park agencies to
promote a wide variety of outdoor activities tailored to the interests
of a broad cross-section of society. These would include efforts to
increase participation in traditional outdoor activities such as hiking as well as promoting trips to more
“curated” places such as parks, gardens, zoos, and aquariums
.“The core premise of these recommendations is that connection to
nature is not a dispensable amenity, but rather is essential to the
health, economic prosperity, quality of life, and social well-being of
As we get older our love for nature and all things natural has only strengthened, expanded, and matured. We often describe dysfunctional life as claustrophobic: trapped, lost, and alone, but in nature we feel free, safe, and at home with family. Life and nature are so incredibly abundant, tenacious, diverse, and amazing that the love, peace and beauty are a joy to behold.
Here is a link to a very surprising post to help you feel the awe and wonder that is an intrinsic part of the natural world called Sacred Geometry Unfortunately our dear Mother/Father Nature is being assailed on many fronts and faces a number of dire emergencies. For information on pollution and other problems we need to address click here.
Many of us were fortunate enough to grow up in natural surroundings or have family and friends that took us out into nature for hiking, camping, and recreation so we have a deep love for nature that is part of our very souls. Unfortunately, many people have grown up in cities far from anything natural. Also these days many people spend huge amounts of time looking at television, computer, phone, or other screens rather than in true relationship and intimacy with nature or others.
We hope you will be inspired to do what you can to help all life and nature to thrive out of the deep sense of love and appreciation that we feel. We want to finish on a positive note with wise words of our favorite naturalist John Muir, a video series of Lee Stetson's inspiring portrayal of John Muir here, and images of Nature in all it's beautiful and majestic glory.
Here are links to some of the favorite places we enjoy in the Southern California: A Day In Yosemite June Lake Palm Springs Santa Barbara San Diego Ventura (Awesome Video!) Monterey Big Bear Lake Sequoia Park Mammoth Lakes