This week Soulful Sunday explores the nurturing power of nature.
I’ve been feeling the call of nature.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ~ William Shakespear
I’ve been busy getting ready for another move. One that I hadn’t planned on. My landlord asked me to move out of the house so she could move in her brother who just had a stroke. I understand and admire that she is willing to be his primary caretaker, but wasn’t planning on moving again so soon. Thankfully, I found another room to rent from a friend. There are some challenges, but I’m grateful to have found a place quickly. I’m getting lots of practice moving and living with others when what I really want is to live alone. I’ve let myself get caught in the trap of busyness, forgetting to take time for my soul. And time in nature is my favorite soul food.
Come to the woods; for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. ~ John Muir
Meanwhile, I feel the call of nature. I’ve had some quick afternoons in the park, but haven’t gotten out to the woods in many months, probably last summer. City parks are wonderful for a quick nature fix. Even going for a walk around the block or the back yard helps, but I can feel the pull of deep woods with their nurturing energy, lush quiet, bird songs, and different energy from the city parks. Maybe it’s the energy of nature being allowed to do its own thing, without the influence of mankind. All I know is time spent in national and state parks feeds my soul in a different way. Maybe I relax more, away from the sounds of the city and crowds on the paths. As I walk, I feel myself settling into my body and the moment, allowing my soul to shine and blossom.
Nature is my happy place. I go to the woods to be restored, made whole, and feel alive. I think many of the world’s problems could be solved if we all spent more time in the woods. People living disconnected from nature are disconnected from their essential oneness with life. We are nature, but too often live as if we were separate, doing great harm to ourselves and the planet.
May we treasure this beautiful planet, find our place in the web of life, and walk in peace.