Our Deep Inner Relationship with Nature
What is our True Nature?
What is the real nature of a human being? What is our highest potential and how can we live it to fulfill the essence of our purpose?
We live in the world of impulses, noise, external light, and constant movement. The silence of a forest has disappeared from our life, we no longer listen to the sound of crickets before we fall asleep, 100s of frogs waking up at 3:00AM, a water source running through our back-yards, or wonder around the desert dunes listening to different types of winds.
Mother Earth, Gaia has given us an amazing range of shapes, colors, sounds, that a normal city dweller explores in an hour ‘outing’ when escaping from the ‘norm’, the reality of white walls and working desks that imprison their followers to a life-long time of work. A wild and wonderful kaleidoscope of dream-like shapes and figures of plants and animals is no longer our day-to-day reality. We escaped from it and replaced it with a matrix of square buildings, enforced ‘cleanliness’, and endless highways that exist only within their soul-less grey. Beauty of any flower pattern, or simply a shape of a branch, immediately connects us with the forever present field of Life Force that has an amazing mathematical intelligence that pulsates through all living beings.
Human Nature and Beauty
Human made objects follow the straight line that is not a reality of any nature presented shape. Our cars, our mobile phones, our TVs try to replace the soul-full impressions we get from a field of Narcissi breaking through a layer of grass, or a swarm of bees sharing water with us at the water-source. The inner peace that melts us when we are surrounded by a Nature’s wonder is limitless.
Our state of consciousness is very different when we try to cross a crowded street in any major city and when we fall into a meditation observing the shape of a tree in the middle of any mountain path. Migrating into cities, we created an ambient of torture for our souls, creating social structures around houses that look like boxes and high and steady walls that separate us from the world of insects, birds, wondering beasts, both predators, and quite harmless animals. The city dwellers that live in such a world must have a task to claim back their ‘green’ spaces from unutilized car-parks and tightly cemented parks that suffocate our senses.
Children and Nature
The colorless ‘grey’ is also predominant within our schools.
Kids get fascinated with gardens but we often create parking lots using spaces of our ‘green’ grounds. Schools must learn to nourish, protect and at all times use spaces outside of their classrooms. Our schools’ playgrounds, sports grounds, green spaces should never be left unutilized. Each one of the ‘out-door’ spaces give a child a golden opportunity to run, to breath, and to learn outside of the ‘box’. Perhaps we can not take our little ones to mountain paths every day, but we can do so much more with our out-door spaces. Writing a creative assignment is much more fun and mentally stimulating if it is done wondering around the schools’ playgrounds or green-grounds in search for poetic inspiration.
Kids who learn to enjoy the outdoors will become adults who enjoy hiking, gardening, jogging, bicycling, adults that take care for animals and plants and protect the environment. Using open spaces we help children fulfill some basic childhood needs: racing, yelling, hiding, experimenting, a need for freedom and adventure and an opportunity to explore the unknown.
Children and Learning Creativity through Free Play
Today children’s lives are contained and controlled by schedules, rules and regulations, and the society imposed restrictions. They fight for their physical, mental and emotional spaces with endless cars, car-parks, adults obsessions against balls, scooters, bicycles, teachers’ persistence to stick to the old-fashioned methods of sitting in the classrooms for hours on end, curriculums that inevitably lack music, arts and sports, schools’ football grounds that are for some reason always empty.
Conscious Parenting, Nature and Kids Creativity
Children need lots of opportunities ‘outside’ to develop their basic social skills and the whole range of social competencies. Children learn both cognitively and intuitively, observing the subtle inner relationships within nature. Free creative play that develops spontaneously amongst children playing ‘outdoors’ is an invaluable gift that can not be ignored.
Being able to wonder at nature, observe worms gliding through or butterflies emerging, being able to play the ball, hide-and-seek, or run aimlessly, are all keys to growing creative and inspired children.
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