In Touch With Nature
Sunday February 20 2011
” In all things of nature here is something of the marvellous” (Aristotle B.C. 384-322)
Nature is the physical world including plants, animals and landscapes as they tend to preserve nature as they found it. Landscapes draw one towards themselves and they look so beautiful that one can never get enough of them. As the navigator, the engineer, and the artist, nature is our school. Nature’s pallet has inspiring colours as a tonic. More often than not to make a living on mother earth, one thing we all usually miss is the beauty of nature. No one ever stops to look around and observe the magic and miracle of nature in every cubic inch of mother earth. How does Nature affect you ? Nature is a language and every new fact one learns is a new word. Thomas Bailey Aldrich said about the touch of nature, “When first the crocus thrusts its point of gold up through the still snow-drifted garden mould; and flooded green things in dim woods unclose their crinkled spears, a sudden tremor goes into my veins.” Since prehistoric times, people have felt an affinity with wildlife. We admire birds and animals as symbols of strength, speed, cunning, even nobility. Wildlife gifts speak to people’s love of animals and, when well chosen, can enhance the experience nature provides. In the study of animals structure and formation teach any one lesson, it is the unity of the plan of construction, the correlation of parts and forces for the preservation of life, and the simplicity of the scheme by which nature attains that end, states the 1869 British Medical Journal. In Out-Of-Door-Life For The Children they states, ” We were all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life to care for none of these things.” As Henry Fielding (1707 – 1754) aptly put it, “All nature wears one universal grin.”
Now, consider this: If you were only one inch tall, you’d ride a WORM to school and the teardrop of a crying ANT would be your swimming pool. A FLEA would be a frightening beast, but you’d swing upon a SPIDER’S thread, If you were only one inch tall, said Shel Silverstien. Time spent in nature is time replenished, rewarded and enlightened, among just a few benefits. In addition, time in the outdoors teaches and reminds people of the importance of such places , and it promotes conservation by retaining outdoor activities and wild places. Many recommend to take regular nature walks and keep a journal, by photographing all you see, then sort, categorize and write all the observations you made along your walk.The living part of nature consists of all life on earth. It is Emily Dickinson (1830 -1886) who has an interesting slant on nature, as she said: “How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude.”
I had the camera lens ! But they were the ones watching me ! The light in the swamp was dim and the only human being in the swamp was damp. Except for one of my more expensive lenses falling overboard into the murky water – the camera lens I wasn’t about to retrieve – the day had gone remarkably well photographically speaking. I made my way back to the boathouse. Here, I thought about he glistening cranes and herons that seemed to pose for me like poolside starlets hoping to make it big. Not like the swift, camera-shy water moccasin I spotted. The noise of the swamp by now was at a deafening level. The din had been rising as steadily as the sun fell. I only wished there was some way I could have photographed the strange, ethereal sounds coming from the hidden creatures who spent all day spying on me. Tomorrow I will pack up and move northward. I will have to get along with all but one of my camera lenses . That one is in a gator’s belly by now.
We all are parts of a big cosmic whole. Often in our busy involvement in the daily tasks of life, we forget about this eternal truth.
One of the easiest and most effective way to reconnect with yourself is to spend some time observing your surroundings. We all are part of the nature, yet for most of us nature has become a sort of alien subject. In our concrete home, we seldom or never care to look at the sky. To look at the rain drops, to experience the cool breeze, to walk on the grass, to observe the greenery, to touch a tender flower- all these tiny tasks can result in an instant connection with the nature. However, how many of us try to connect with nature this way.
If you really want to deepen your closeness to nature try meditation practice,. Just do something daily to ensure a direct connect with some part of the nature. Try to touch and feel at least some part of the nature be it earth, water, wind, plants, trees, grass or any animal.
Each day Connecting with nature is a way of life for many.Myself included. While outdoors and alone, let nature come into your heart, Become involved, keep your world beautiful. This is the first Winter in 50 years I have wanted Spring to arrive swiftly. We shall see if March comes in like a Lamb. Enjoy the images
Source: web, The British Medical Journal
Compilation : Jacqueline and Doug
Source: web, The British Medical Journal;