Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mother (& Father) Nature

"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 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 are wise to embrace that gift wholeheartedly. Nature is our own heart and saving grace, and we consider nature God's true cathedral, church, temple, and sanctuary in many ways. In nature we often feel our most joyful, peaceful, and at home. In this rushed, complicated, and stressful civilized world we now live we need that feeling on a regular basis.

The great naturalist John Muir said "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." Unfortunately he also said that those who need nature the most are the least likely to pursue it.

Many of us were fortunate enough to grow up in natural surroundings or have family and friends that took us out to nature's wilds for hiking, camping, and recreation, so learned a love for nature that is an important part of us. Yet these days many people have grown up isolated in cities far from anything natural. Also 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.

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.

"The findings from an unprecedented national study of Americans’ relationship to nature reveal an alarming disconnection, but also widespread opportunities for reconnecting. The results are prompting nature conservation, environmental education, and outdoor recreation leaders to rethink how they work to connect people with nature. 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 all Americans,”

As we get older our love for nature and all things natural has only expanded, strengthened,  and matured. One can describe dysfunctional life as claustrophobic: trapped, lost, and alone, but in nature we feel free, connected, and at home. Life and nature are so incredibly abundant, tenacious, diverse, and amazing that the love, peace and beauty are a joy to behold.

We offer 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  The post shows how not just naturalists, but scientists of all sorts are finding evidence of a great intelligence and wisdom through-out creation. The "finger prints of God" they have found are truly amazing and inspiring.

Unfortunately our dear Mother/Father Nature is being assailed on many fronts and faces a number of dire emergencies. As we are intimately connected with nature in a myriad of ways, this is a wake up call for humanity as well, hopefully before it is too late. For information on pollution, overpopulation, dwindling resources, and other pressing issues we need to address click here.

We hope you will be inspired to do what you can to help all life and nature 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   Monterey  Big Bear Lake  Sequoia Park  Mammoth Lakes

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