February 10, 2020
By Toni O’Keeffe
Those who spend time in nature, come to understand that there is great healing and peace when we ground ourselves in the natural world.
We also come to understand that we are not separate from the natural world, we are a part of it.
This planet gives us everything we need. The air we breathe, the water that gives us life, soil to grow our crops and even medicinal remedies to heal our bodies. ￼￼
We are the only species on the planet that takes more than we need, this greed is impacting humans and the other species that share our world. We are literally killing the hand that feeds us and killing ourselves at the same time.
As we have become more disconnected from the natural world we see more people hurting. There’s more illness, pain, suffering, loneliness, mental health issues, chaos, violence, corruption in the world then there ever has been. You can find evidence to support this in research done by many institutions; one for example is Berkeley’s study on “How modern life became disconnected from nature” ( link below)
This disconnection is unhealthy for all of us. There are generations of people that have never been on a walk through the forest, or seen ocean waves crash on to the shore line.￼ They have never grown a plant and never seen where their food really comes from. We owe our children and grandchildren an understand of how interconnected their mental, physical and spiritual well-being is with nature.￼
Once we make peace with nature, and the fact that we are apart of the natural world, I think we will make peace with ourselves. Then maybe the planet and our human tribe will heal and survive.
On that note I’m going to hug a tree and thank it for the air I breath🤗 🌲