Coming in Balance With Earth
quotes from people engaged in reconnecting with nature activities.
April 15, 1998
"An activity helped me become aware of my attraction to the crescent
moon as it hung over two hills near my home. Soon, its mellow glow, framed
by peaks and trees, embraced me in a wordless, ancient primordial scene.
Timeless power, peace and unity swept me up. I just wanted to stay in that
state of awe, I felt in balance with all of reality. I was simply "BEING."
No tension, no pressing goal, just truly belonging to the global community.
This natural energy captured my stress laden pulse and seduced it to the
rhythms of Earth. The sleeping disorder I have battled all my adult life
dissolved in this power. For the first time in decades, I gently fell asleep
after dark and arose shortly after dawn. I celebrated the breakthrough
and I thanked nature. I thanked the activity, too, for it lets me reconnect
whenever I choose."
Earth Day April 22, 1998
"Trees swaying, blue sky,
Soothing wind blows through my soul,
Earth, wind, sky, trees, Us!"
"This haiku arose in me as I sat under a tree in my beloved forest
area where I have skiied all winter and had many beautiful moments of connection
to Earth. The area is wondrous now, washed in sunlight; green spruces and
beige poplars seem happier, brighter. This glorious sunny day inspired
the haiku through light often gusty winds blowing and playing with the
tops of trees. An owl called (even in bright daylight) and songbirds visited
from time to time as they wandered through the forest. My dogs, as usual,
played or sat near me. I was inspired to assume the posture of the swaying
trees so I stood up. Feet firmly planted on the ground, I moved my upper
body and arms mostly to the changing motions of the wind in the trees.
I sensed how rigid my storied, stressed body and thoughts are, and how
wonderful it feels to let go and let the wind, through nature's intelligent-nameless-love,
carry me, touch me, move me. All the while, as my upper body swayed, my
feet felt firmly rooted to Earth - an empowering feeling of belonging.
I realize that, yes, many people around here would label this as "flaky".
My response is, "If this is so, are you really happy with the effects
of our non-flaky world? What's important?" I feel the reconnecting
with nature process is the opposite of flaky, which connotes superficiality.
I'm tried many forms of self-improvement, this is the deepest work I have
been involved in."
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