How Can Nature Help Us?

Nature is not what you think! … She has a soul, she has freedom, she has love, and she can speak. – Fyodor Tyuchev

In challenging times such as these, nature can be a great source of solace and support. Simply being in nature slows down our brain waves from everyday busy beta waves to the meditative state of alpha waves where we actually have increased access to higher brain function and can make better more creative decisions.

Beyond that, nature feels good. Nature allows us to be part of a bigger world, to sense the Oneness of all beings. As Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue said, “Part of the reason we are so lonesome in our modern world is that we have lost the sense of belonging to the earth.”  Reclaiming our connection can help us feel more peaceful and whole. 

With deep ties to nature going back to childhood, I know what a source of inspiration it can be. In recent years I have felt a growing awareness of the consciousness present in the trees, the animals, the rocks and how they long for us to awaken to their presence and support. I feel the healing energy when I sit with my back against a tree and animals come to me in ways that feel magical as if delivering a message from the universe.

Play with this yourself. You don’t have to go to wilderness. Your backyard or city park will do just fine. Open your awareness to what gifts nature wants to bring to you. 

Here’s a favorite poem by Wendell Berry that can help you capture the spirit of what nature offers at this time.

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry

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