Connecting with Nature…

I’ve found a greater appreciation for moments of happiness. Reflecting on these moments is vital to understanding human nature, and more importantly, yourself. Many times, people dwell on sadness, fear, and grief. But, in stark contrast, there is an equal profoundness in moments of joy, happiness, and relief.

One of my favorite novels is The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran. The chapter, “Joy and Sorrow” explains how joy and sorrow are connected. Although this book has little to do with nature, it reflects upon commonalities within society. In order to feel joy, you must have once known a place from sorrow. In order to feel sorrow, you must have once known a place of joy. Without one, you cannot have the other.

In nature, for example, a bee would struggle to survive without the nectar of a flower, while a flower would struggle to survive without the pollination of a bee. The parallels between human emotions and nature are infinite. Those parallels are the connections we have with nature.

Nature has healing qualities, emotionally and physically. Physically, for example, nature provides medicines and aids. Emotionally, nature can remind people of the how connected the universe is. Energy flows from one life form to another.

Over time, as people have strayed away from the natural world, it seems as if there is something missing in society. Perhaps it is that connection between all living things that we have forgotten. It may be forgotten, but it is not lost. It cannot be lost because it is rooted so deeply into our very essence and our very nature that we are inherently destined to belong in a world where nature and people are connected, coexisting.

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About learningtolivedeliberately

I'm Victoria, eighteen years old from a small town in NH. I study English Literature and Writing at a small liberal arts college in Boston, MA. I find inspiration from authors like Henry David Thoreau, George Orwell and Charles Bukowski. I'm fascinated by nature and exploring the world around me. I strive to understand the inherent wanderlust seen not only in myself, but in many others around the world. This blog is to share what I have learned, and to record my journey into the wild.
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One Response to Connecting with Nature…

  1. You are wise beyond your years, Victoria. I wish you the best of luck with college!

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