I will never forget the day I first watched the movie “An inconvenient truth“. Have you seen the film? Al Gore tears apart every false security, every illusion that we are not harming the Earth. He lays it bare and it is very hard to digest. I was 12 then. Looking back now, I can see the turmoil inside. I wondered then, do we have a place on this Earth at all? Should we even be here?
My younger sister told me the other day about a day dream she thinks of. In it, one fine day, the Earth will rebel against us, a disaster will strike and only the “good humans” will be left behind along with all of nature. All man-made structures will be gone. This story held such meaning for me. It reflected the way we look at ourselves, as separate from the rest of Nature. Is that not where the problem arises from? I found a wonderful quote a while back,
“The Earth is our only home. If we have to survive, let alone find happiness, we have to come home.” – Larry Robinson
So, let’s come home today. We are going to improvise on an activity I enjoyed from Micheal Cohen’s book, Reconnecting with Nature.
- Go up to the Nature-filled spot of your choosing. Remember, you don’t need a forest. If you are pressed for nature, start with even just a potted plant.
- Make sure you and the ecosystem are happy together, that you are comfortable and safe with each other.
- Now spend the next couple of minutes simply connecting through your senses to the place and just dissolving any stress you are carrying.
- With fresh, soft eyes, look at the beings around. Pick one plant or tree that feels friendly and observe what you like about it. Complete this sentence:
I love this plant because it is ___________.(word/phrase 1)
This plant loves me because I am __________. (word/phrase 2)
Use a descriptive quality. Like, generous, or beautiful, or loving. Anything at all. Don’t feel restricted. When you have formed the sentence, say it out loud. Does it sit well with you? Now flip the sentence around.
I love me because I am (word/phrase 1)
The plant loves itself because it is (word/phrase 2)
Say it aloud one by one, and take your time over it. Really feel the sentences. I find very often, one feels emotional at this point. Almost like there is something inside bottled up that is let out. Let it flow. Allow the land and the plants to be there with you through it and just soak in the thoughts that come up. Simply watch.
There is one last thing you need to do. Tell your story in some way. Tell it to someone who will listen well, or write. Definitely, let us know in a comment below how you felt through this experience. Never forget, you are Nature.
Thank you for being part of this little journey. We hope someday soon to write a bigger course for those interested. Maybe we will see you then. Until that, laugh well, sleep well and spend time with the plants. And remember to direct people who you think would enjoy it to register for the course here.