Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. – John Muir
There are great wonders in this heaven of a world of ours. One does not have to wander to the ends of the earth to find mystery and magic. Nature’s grandeur is on display wherever you look. So many people do not set foot on soil for weeks on end. Returning to nature, if only for a few minutes a week, offers enormous benefits to once psyche. Spirits soar with the sound of the wind in the trees. The body sympathetically vibrates when encountering wildlife. No price can be put on the joyous sensations rippling through the mind when interacting with resident wild denizens.
Nourished by rainfall and sunlight, vast varieties of glorious greenery burst forth from rock, soil, and sand. Capturing stellar energy through paper-thin membranes, wondrous vegetation provides the foundation for life itself. Life paints the landscape with a myriad of textures and hues. Following a sophisticated, flexible strategy, life adapts to its surroundings. Nature’s malleable elements glow with sumptuous offerings to fortify and invigorate both body and spirit. This week, reach out and touch a tree for a few minutes. In Japanese Shinto beliefs, trees are often viewed as sacred objects capable of housing the nature spirits known as “kami”. Kami personify the sacred energy arising from nature.
The same amazing power, drives galaxies, explodes stars, and energizes Earth’s vastly diverse life. Life occupies every hospitable niche from the top of the highest mountains to the deepest ocean bottom. Pause and consider odd nature of the hidden clam. Down beneath the sand the clam whiles away its time siphoning nutritious bits in and out a two-way gritty siphon with its tubular foot standing ready to dig deeper. Surrounded by sparkling grains of shattered mountains and lost continents, I feel I am very lucky to occasionally share the beach with such a well-adapted being.
It is said that our primitive ancestral life erupted on this planet over 3,500,000,000 years ago. But where did it come from before that? Who could believe that in all the universe, life only exists here? The universe is within us all, and in our blood we feel the pulse of life throughout the starry sky above. Take the time to get into nature this week. Let go of the chatter and stress for a while and wander down some dirt paths. Or make your own path. …and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? – Vincent van Gogh