Restoring the soul through immersion in nature is an ancient concept. We are reminded of this in Psalm 23:
The Lord is my Shepherd
I shall not want
He makes me to lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the still waters
He restores my soul…
We’ve lived in harmony with nature for the vast majority of time that we as humanity have been present on the earth. We revered the Sun, celebrating its appearance each morning and singing it to sleep in the evening as its light disappeared in a brilliant display of color.
We contemplated the beauty of the heavens, studied and named the stars and their patterns. As women we menstruated with the Moon, who marked our cycles and the passing of time.
We bathed in rivers, made pilgrimages to waterfalls, rejoiced at the shores of the ocean, and held in awe the humbling power of the volcanoes.
We felt the natural world every day. We were immersed in it, exchanging air with the trees, attuned to the weather changes and the natural ebb and flow of life.
We are of nature. We are an integral part of the natural world, and it lives and breathes and flows through us.
When we live our lives separate from nature, when we no longer see the stars, take walks in the forest or follow the moon cycles, we often feel a sense of disconnection or imbalance.
I suspect that many of our present challenges can be traced to our disharmony with nature. When we are no longer conscious of the timeless flow of the natural world that lives within us, we lose access to a part of our own true nature and disconnect from key parts of our selves.
I hold a vision of a space and path where we can each, in our own way, reconnect with nature and rediscover those parts of our soul that we have forgotten. As we return to nature we bring awareness to the storms and droughts that appear in our lives, and find the paths that lead to the green pastures and still waters where we can restore our soul.
Each little flower that opens, each bird that sings, each eagle that soars high in the sky contemplating the beauty of God’s creation, and each of our own lives is an expression of our Creator.
Our lives are like threads that run through the majestic tapestry of life, just like the lives of the fox, the possum, the pine tree or the magpie. These interwoven threads create an immensely beautiful place that is our earthly home.
When we remember our small place within the tapestry, a part of our soul awakens. When we let the energy of life flow through us, untamed or unfettered, it strengthens. Nature feeds a part of us like few things can, bringing peace and calm to the soul.