Nature, Our Original Mother and Healer

Posted on Aug. 19, 2007 at 8:30 a.m.

By: Daniela Abbott

By: Daniela Abbott

Through iTHRiVE we’ve explored how women express their aliveness.  Most women seem to find their passions in the following venues:  spirituality, aesthetics or the arts, the physical and the sensual, problem solving and organization, careers, the active pursuit and nurturing of relationships and loving communication.  Today’s newsletter is an ode to one of these paths-- the physical, sensual world of nature.

On a recent drive to Snowmass, we experienced the calming, nurturing effects of nature.  The drive itself was a visual pleasure as we took in the myriad of colors, gold, orange, rust, plum and the sea-shell pink glow of the sky at dusk.  We saw alternating outlines against the sky—mountains and foothills; and in contrast to those heights, the deep valleys below us.  The summer foliage was preserved in the cooler weather, lending us the sense of an extended summer.   The warmth of the mid-day sun extended the fantasy, as we shed our fleeces and sat in tank tops instead (then returned to fleeces in the late afternoon).   There was so much to sense and experience.  And this season, so in-between its sisters summer and winter, seemed to draw attention to the subtle and greater differences in all of these sensory pleasures.    

We thought we’d share a few quotes and poems about nature:

“All Nature wears one universal grin.”  Henry Fielding

“All  my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.”  Marie Curie

“Oh, good gigantic smile o’ the brown old earth.”  Robert Browning

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”  Lord Byron

“O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer,
Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?
O body swayed to music; O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?”  W.B. Yeats

There is something so healing about nature.  The sights, the sounds, the smells can be soothing for us, calming, and pleasing.  When the demands of our careers, our relationships, technology and information, or our own busy minds overwhelm us, being in nature and getting lost in its sensory pleasures can ground us again.

Would you like to be touched by these sensory pleasures?  The warmth of the sun…the softness of grass under your feet…the scent of late summer roses…the smoothness of a river rock…the sound of rushing water…deep breaths of fresh air combined with long gazes at landscapes …studying the hidden details of an insect…watching clouds pass overhead…etc, etc.  Nature is a healer. And she is our mother.  If you find yourself touched, calmed and soothed by the sensory pleasures of it all, we encourage you to nurture yourself with this abundant and present resource.  Just a few moments, fully present in nature, can bring peace to your being.


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