As stress, obesity, and the technology-based world detach us from ourselves, The Art of Connecting With Nature explores the interior landscape of how we show up in nature as participants, unlocking what indigenous people worldwide express as integrity, peace, and the ability to make decisions through the eyes of future generations.
It is divided into four general areas: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. We invite you to open to whatever chapter you’re drawn to since the chapters stand on their own. We’ve kept each chapter short so that they can be read in a few minutes and provide tools, rituals, and practices at the end of each section that create a pathway to finding your own relationship to nature.
The twenty-two contributing authors are college professors, professional musicians, authors, shamans, ministers, and all things in between. We grew up on farms, in wooded environments, in cities, and in suburbia. We come from Christian, Pagan, American Indian, a conglomeration of many traditions, or no religious/spiritual path at all. As diverse as we are, we have one thing in common—our deep connection with Nature. This relationship runs deeper than race, sex, political leaning, religion, and nationalism. It is our relationship to the Earth, to our indigenous roots, where a part of us remembers and we all sing the same song … the Uni-verse.
I was raised on a gentleman’s farm in upstate New York with hundreds of acres to roam at will. When spring came, my brothers and I would disappear into the landscape for hours at a time, sometimes to the chagrin of my mom. It was wild in that overgrown-farmland way: deep, almost virgin woods and hayfields that were being reclaimed by the forest, one poplar tree and blackberry patch at a time. I learned the whistle of a dove’s flight, the chirp of foraging wild turkeys, the trill of red -winged blackbirds hanging on last year’s cattails, and the bleat of a curious white-tailed deer, all by the time I was ten.
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