April 29, 2015

Reconnecting With Nature

Deer in the back yard at dawn.
"For the 99 percent of the time we've been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world.  Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine."
- Janine M. Benyus
Our new home that we moved in to last summer is right in the middle of an old potato farm. Nature has begun to reclaim what human hands once altered, and wild creatures are returning.

One of the things that strikes me the most here is the quiet. No sirens, no constant traffic, no unnatural sounds at all. What we do have in this soundscape is wind, rain, and bird calls. It is very soothing after living most of my life in more highly populated urban surroundings.

Every morning I get up at the silent arrival of dawn to draw the curtains and let the sun's heat in to the house. On many mornings I have seen a small herd of deer in the back yard grazing on the newly uncovered meadow grasses. For a few minutes as I stand in the sun's beams at my window, everything is perfect.

At these moments I feel that most of the world's problems would take care of themselves if we would only give in to our longing, and reconnect with the nature from which we all came.

We must learn to love it all over, to again see it as divine. In my experience, people won't knowingly harm the things that they love, honour and cherish.

This is what I think about in the morning as I watch nature happening on the old potato farm. Then I usually go back to bed.


  1. Beautiful post. Just taking time to look at the sunset can change our perspective on things - so much beauty just free for us to enjoy :) It makes anything that can be sold in a shop just pale by comparison.


    1. At our previous home on the west coast we only had views of sunsets. In our new home we have brilliant views of both sunrises and sunsets, and we love it.

  2. I used to know an artist who 'collected' sunsets. She lived in the city, but her house was on a hill, so she had a great view. Every evening she would take some time to sit quietly by the window and watch the sunset; she would occasionally bring her camera and take a photo, but mostly she would just sit there and admire the colors. And I thought it was a great collection to have.

    1. Any time is a good time to sit quietly and contemplate nature. But sunrise and sunset are both fine times to stop everything and be one with your surroundings.


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