Resources About Connecting with Nature
“Hiking with friends while enjoying great conversation and laughter is one of my favorite activities. But unless we make a conscious effort to stop every now and again and really pay attention to where we are and what we are doing, we can miss a tremendous amount. Stopping and consciously engaging our senses when out hiking not only calms and grounds us—relaxing both mind and body—but it also deepens our connection to the natural world…” […]
“Poets, philosophers, and mystics, have long espoused the merits of being present with nature. Now medical research is investigating, documenting, and describing the many health benefits of daily contact with nature, not as a recreational sport but in a leisure multi-sensory sense—a way of being — not a way of doing. This research has important holistic health implications for us as practitioners of wellness therapies…” […]
“Many have a hard time going to sleep at night after spending very much time on a computer or in front of TV or computer screen. The light resets our circadian rhythm which is basically a twenty-four-hour cycle affecting sleep, body temperature, alertness and neurotransmitter levels…” […]
“Personal outdoor living space in cities and urban areas continues to diminish! Huge homes are constructed on postage-stamp yards, swamped with chemicals to look “green”. Today’s kids spend most of their outdoor time in highly supervised competitive group athletics with dualist win/lose outcomes on chemical polluted surfaces that appear green!…” […]
“Vicarious trauma is indirect trauma usually a result of watching or interacting with someone else who has directly experienced the trauma. Historically, the military, medical professionals, social workers, and first responders –law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians–were the segments of our community that daily experienced vicarious trauma…” […]
Earthy Products We Love
Penny Sisto is a fabric artist and personal friend of ours. Her products are beautiful and many are inspired by nature. Check them out here: http://pennysisto.com/
Uplifting Videos & Poems
A Blessing for the Senses
May your body be blessed.
May you realize that your body is a faithful & beautiful friend
of your soul.
And may you be peaceful and joyful, and recognize that your senses are
May you realize that holiness is mindful, gazing, feeling, hearing,
May your senses gather you and bring you home.
May your senses always enable you to celebrate the universe and the
mystery and possibilities in your presence here.
May the Eros of the Earth, bless you.
Nature Revitalizes My Soul
Joyce Rupp, a well-respected author and member of the Servite Community, in her book Prayers to Sophia—Deepening Our Relationship with Holy Wisdom speaks to the holistic dimensions of health through meditations with feminine wisdom. (Greek word for wisdom is Sophia).
Womb of Wonder, all of creation has your life-giving touch.
When I come and bow humbly before you,
I see your wisdom breath in everything.
In these sacred seeing moments, I learn and relearn truths that free me.
I discover endurance from a weathered stone.
I recognize my illusions in the changing skies.
I know your ceaseless tune in a whippoorwill’s call.
I hear your heartbeat in the lapping of lake water.
I find release of sorrow in the tears of gentle rain.
I recover my lost humor watching young foxes at play.
I see your protective love revealed through a mother duck.
When I enter into the domain of your creation,
things begin to settle,
to become quiet in me,
like a windy harbor calming with the sunset.
It is there that I find the needed reassurance
to stay in the struggle
and challenge of life.
It is then that I find restored clarity about the “why and wherefore”
of how things are.
O Breath of Creation, lead me often to your realm of nature
where you revivify the lost energy of my spirit.