Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Nature as a Healer.


"Meaning, moods, the whole scale of our inner experience, finds in nature 'the correspondences' through which we may know our boundless selves." - Kathleen Raine

Nature is so nurturing. Flowers bring serenity. Breezes, refreshment to the soul. A blush rose can heal.

I visited my mother's home up north last week. I was in need of healing. I found myself steeling away to her small but brilliant flower garden - it was where I felt safe. I rocked on her patio swing letting the balm of beautiful surroundings and beautiful literature soothe.

Biophilia is a psychological theory from biologist Edward O. Wilson. He believes that our "love for living things" is genetic. Something that is innate in our beings at birth. While he delves into evolutionary theory as the root of this pull to nature, I think the pull was placed in us by our Creator.

It makes sense that the One who created me and created the sun and created the rose would create in me a need for nature.

In a bleak moment of my day, the best remedy is a trip to the park or a picnic on the back deck. The sun gives me hope and chirping of birds is a conduit to a clear mind. It brings perspective to see that the world is bigger than I. It's bigger than my little house, on my little plot of land and my little children.

We are going on a camping trip this fall - when the weather gets cooler. I am excited to spend some healing time outdoors.

1 comment:

Lindsey said...

Thanks for sharing Ashley. You are a great writer. I could never write something so beautiful that expressed how I was feeling. You should write a book of poems or thoughts/observations.
Love ya,
Linds