“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”– Gary Snyder
a very real sense, mountains and valleys, the seas and the skies, the sun and
the earth, the trees and the flowers constitute
our home, our natural habitat.
connection with the land combined with the kinship
we would have felt with other living things that shared the land as their home has hardwired
in us a strong sense of the natural world as ‘home’, and the importance of
connection with all of life as being essential to our well-being.
with the wild is a purely pleasurable
experience. It is intrinsically rewarding. Consider the cornucopia of sensual
experiences involved in this healthy hedonism which we are all familiar with
are wild, and sometimes destructive. When we look
deeply into the nature of wind, when we reflect on its life, its journey to
us, we can see the interconnected nature of all things. The light from the sun travels to the
surface of the earth, where air is
heated unevenly over land and sea causing it to expand and rise at different rates until this rising and
displacing air builds in billowing gusts that rock the oceans and ripple the
seas. The wind can make rag-dolls of trees, ripping them from their roots.