To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Can you remember when you were 3 or 4 years old! It’s OK, I’ll wait a moment while you retrieve that memory!
Now that you’ve got the image, can you harness the feeling! I hope in some ways it was similar to mine!
I was born in the West Indies and spent my first 5 years playing outside in the warm and sunny climate. My earliest memory is of digging down into the dirt with my hands and pulling up earthworms!! I felt as if the earth was mine for the digging.
(You need to know that, as much as I love gardening, the thought of encountering earthworms traumatizes me now! Ahh, I bet you like how I just eluded to what we’ll be talking about when you come to visit!)
The point of this imagery is that the essence of our humanity lies in the rawness of childhood. That time of our lives that we can barely remember, long before the world changes us into what we ultimately become.
I remember a story about a toddler who visited his newborn baby sister’s crib and whispered, “Please tell me everything, I am starting to forget! “. Wow! Could it be that we all come from something so pure and so human, so earthly then, through the process of becoming “civilized” we forget what it ever felt like! This is true regardless of when or where you were born. It is particularly disquieting now, of course, because by the age of 3 most kids have a cellphone or tablet in their hands! What does it mean to live a more “natural” life? Is technology and industrialization really the result of our continued evolution or is it a fork in the road, where we are asked to make a choice about which way we will go. To further unpack this idea , check out the film “In Search of Balance”, a 2015 documentary that explores our connectiveness to the earth. (Available on Amazon Prime, IMDb and others.)
This blog is about inspiration! I hope to inspire you to challenge your opinions and review your belief systems and ensuing lifestyles and make room for some expansion, test new ideas and explore! The world is so vast! Welcome to my little corner of it!