Keep close to Nature’s heart

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

We have lost our intimacy with nature

My love affair with trees began in childhood. Climbing up into the welcoming arms of the silver birch in our back garden was probably my earliest powerful “connection” with nature as a child. The trees gifted me freedom—the higher I climbed, the more free I became. Nestled on my favourite branch, I felt safe and nurtured in the arms of the graceful tree. When she swayed, I swayed with her and we became one.

She cradled me with love. That deep love and intimate connection with trees has never left me, in fact it has grown deeper and more powerful over the years.

Sadly, today we lack an intimacy with the natural world

In our increasingly busy world of technology we tend to lose sight of the small things in life. We rarely take time to connect to nature. And yet we are nature, we depend on her to survive, she is the source of our food, our water, our air.

Could our disconnection be the source of our discontent?

I personally believe, it is a major contributing factor of our discontent. Our health is linked to the health of the environment we live in. We find a constant source of health and happiness through nature when we understand our connection.
Forests are vital to the survival and well-being of people everywhere. A shelter for people. A habitat to biodiversity. A source of food, medicine and clean water. A vital role in maintaining a stable global climate and environment.

A place of beauty and sanctuary – a spiritual and healing place

 

Photo by David Hughes

Born to be Wild

 

Photo by David Hughes

Part of my work as a nature educator is helping adults to rekindle that love affair with nature that has been lost and bringing harmony and balance back into their lives. And one of the simplest ways to begin
nurturing a deep love and respect for the natural world is to take a walk in the woods.

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Helping adults rekindle their own personal connection with nature is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

We begin our collective journey by sharing a walk after reflecting on this beautiful Navajo prayer.
To walk in beauty means to walk in harmony with all living things.

To witness the one-in-all, and the all-in-one.

In beauty may you walk

In beauty may I walk
All day long may I walk
Through the returning seasons may I walk
Beautifully will I possess again
Beautifully birds,
Beautifully joyful birds
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk
With dew about my feet may I walk
With beauty may I walk
With beauty before me may I walk
With beauty behind me may I walk
With beauty above me may I walk
With beauty all around me may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
~ Navajo prayer

Discover the healing powers of nature for yourself…

This weekend, I invite you to take a mindful walk in nature.

“Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose we came from the woods originally. But in some of nature’s forests, the adventurous traveler seems a feeble, unwelcome creature; wild beasts and the weather trying to kill him, the rank, tangled vegetation, armed with spears and stinging needles, barring his way and making life a hard struggle. – “John Muir

Our first step on this beautiful journey together is to identify ourselves as part of nature…with love and gratitude on this sacred day, peace Marghanita x

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