"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, we consider nature a mother, mother to all. It starts as a gift. We embrace that gift wholeheartedly, as it is our heart, and for us a saving grace.
It is there 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." With all the days we have spent, we are rich beyond measure. We consider nature God's true cathedral, church, temple, and our greatest sanctuary.
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. Our hope is that you will also find the joy, peace, and beauty we have found as you re-connect with nature and life.
Unfortunately our dear Mother 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 please click here. Here is a link to another post to help feel the joy, awe, and wonder called Sacred Geometry
We hope you will be inspire do what you can to help all of life and nature to thrive out of the deep sense of love and appreciation that we feel. We want to finish on this 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 area: Monrovia Canyon A Day In Yosemite June Lake Palm Springs Santa Barbara San Diego Ventura (Awesome Video) Monterey Big Bear Lake Sequoia Park Mammoth Lakes