January 27, 2014

Lessons From The Forest Monday

“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” 
- Alan Watts
Every once in a while I like to go for a walk in the forest for a lesson. Here I am not bound by the manufactured rules of human culture. There are no signs, no laws, and no authority other than nature itself. In the forest I am free to be and to learn.

This is the place that I feel the best, surrounded by stillness and quiet. I can think and relax away from busy, noisy crowds. Here I can discover everything I need to know for successful living.

I am in good company - just look at people like Henry David Thoreau, who lived and learned in the woods, or Vandana Shiva who started her eco-education and activism in the Chipko movement (the original tree huggers) that protected the trees from loggers in the forests of the Himalayas.

After repeated walks among the beautiful oaks and rhododendrons, the Indian activist learned that "the forest teaches us enoughness: as a principle of equity, how to enjoy the gifts of nature without exploitation and accumulation."

The forest is the source of beauty, harmony, art, and perfection in cooperation. It models a method in which everything does its part with thrift and equality.

No species takes more than its fair share. There is no consumerism, no greed, and no accumulation for personal aggrandizement. There is a freedom to be and participate as a necessary and integral part of something larger to which we are all connected.

When we begin to learn the lessons of the forest, we will begin to live in harmony with nature and with each other.


  1. Anonymous1/27/2014

    Beautiful post. Thank You

  2. G & L;

    Thank you both, from the bottom of my heart, for this beautiful post that made us (me) feel so good. Enjoy your forest for all of us, that are still living so far away from mother nature.

    1. Maria,

      I think that just looking at pictures of a forest scene can have a positive effect on our stress levels and health. Perhaps that can suffice until you can get out into the trees yourselves.

      We are glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for taking the time to tell us.


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