i’m glad i don’t live in a concrete jungle!
and although my first home & motherland is in germany
i’m grateful to have moved to a tiny community in B.C. Canada
where the trees are the natural sky scrapers
i was overjoyed to move to this wild country
the smell of earth – rain – wind –
the springs budding trees & the autumn’s musky scent of fallen leaves composting
being able to run freely outside
my bare feet
kissing the earth
riding horses until dawn
adventures in the woodlands
swimming in lakes
watching the clouds drift by and seeing many pictures in them 🙂
this is childhood at its best in the country
i slept well & had great focus and concentration
no ADDHD here!!!
although i did watch t.v. & go to school
i spent as much time as possible outside
i really feel that being out in Nature helped me heal so much
it was a deep reconnection for me to spend so much time outside often by myself
my own children love being outside – naturally
and you can hardly keep them inside for anything once spring is here! i love giving them the freedom to explore
i feel for city kids
its all they know
the hard concrete – freeways – and sidewalks – plugged into electronic devices – swimming in-coherant magnetic fields day in day out
they are plugged into the matrix of the grid more than the matrix (womb) of the earth
the numbers of depression amongst children and adults are growing in our industrialized world & they have given this symptom a name
“nature deficit disorder”
While I pay particular attention to children, my focus is also on those Americans born during the past two to three decades. The shift in our relationship to the natural world is startling, even in settings that one would assume are devoted to nature. Not that long ago, summer camp was a place where you camped, hiked in the woods, learned about plants and animals, or told firelight stories about ghosts or mountain lions. As likely as not today, “summer camp” is a weight-loss camp, or a computer camp. For a new generation, nature is more abstraction than reality. Increasingly, nature is something to watch, to consume, to wear—to ignore. A recent television ad depicts a four-wheel-drive SUV racing along a breathtakingly beautiful mountain stream—while in the backseat two children watch a movie on a flip-down video screen, oblivious to the landscape and water beyond the windows.
A century ago, the historian Frederick Jackson Turner announced that the American frontier had ended. His thesis has been discussed and debated ever since. Today, a similar and more important line is being crossed.
Our society is teaching young people to avoid direct experience in nature. That lesson is delivered in schools, families, even organizations devoted to the outdoors, and codified into the legal and regulatory structures of many of our communities. Our institutions, urban/suburban design, and cultural attitudes unconsciously associate nature with doom—while disassociating the outdoors from joy and solitude. Wellmeaning public-school systems, media, and parents are effectively scaring children straight out of the woods and fields. In the patent-or-perish environment of higher education, we see the death of natural history as the more hands-on disciplines, such as zoology, give way to more theoretical and remunerative microbiology and genetic engineering. Rapidly advancing technologies are blurring the lines between humans, other animals, and machines. The postmodern notion that reality is only a construct—that we are what we program—suggests limitless human possibilities; but as the young spend less and less of their lives in natural surroundings, their senses narrow, physiologically and psychologically, and this reduces the richness of human experience.
Yet, at the very moment that the bond is breaking between the young and the natural world, a growing body of research links our mental, physical, and spiritual health directly to our association with nature—in positive ways. Several of these studies suggest that thoughtful exposure of youngsters to nature can even be a powerful form of therapy for attention-deficit disorders and other maladies. As one scientist puts it, we can now assume that just as children need good nutrition and adequate sleep, they may very well need contact with nature.
Reducing that deficit—healing the broken bond between our young and nature—is in our self-interest, not only because aesthetics or justice demands it, but also because our mental, physical, and spiritual health depends upon it. The health of the earth is at stake as well. How the young respond to nature, and how they raise their own children, will shape the configurations and conditions of our cities, homes—our daily lives. The following pages explore an alternative path to the future, including some of the most innovative environment—based school programs; a reimagining and redesign of the urban environment-what one theorist calls the coming “zoopolis”; ways of addressing the challenges besetting environmental groups; and ways that faith-based organizations can help reclaim nature as part of the spiritual development of children. Parents, children, grandparents, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, environmentalists, and researchers from across the nation speak in these pages. They recognize the transformation that is occurring. Some of them paint another future, in which children and nature are reunited—and the natural world is more deeply valued and protected. “last child in the woods” richard louv http://richardlouv.com/books/last-child/excerpt/
i’m so happy i can just step outside my door and be amongst some trees
listen to birds – smell the sweetness of pine forest or young budding trees
it really helps me be grounded & centers me when the world of human drama becomes too much
does it really come as a surprise that lack of being outdoors causes us – our bodies anxiety and stress
& that playing in nature is healthy…even crucial to our human development? existence?
being in Nature helps us release all those stressful hormones and encourages the opiates and love hormones
just simple play itself is the foundation for healthy brain development in babies and young children
we need more free play
Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.
>>–Joseph Chilton Pearce–<<
kids need to be outside without any plans or structures
just a free flow of ‘ what we’ll you find to explore today’?
they need to be trusted to explore alone without safeguarding ‘everything’!
of course, pay attention, but allow them some freedom
we need less padding and smothering parenting and focus more on guidance
give a 5 or 6 year old a knife to help cutting up vegetables if they ask to
things like that
we have to stop fearing what could happen and what if!
let them fall and discover how strong they are
pain can be a great teacher
teaching us to pay ‘attention’
i’d say PLAY and being in Nature is even crucial to the aging population & maybe if we weren’t conditioned out of play as we become adults
maybe we’d see less cases of dementia and alzheimer’s breaking down our brains or the many other mental illnesses in our world.
– growth is essential at any age!
i think its pretty safe to say our society has been suffering from the symptoms of a disease rooted in the heart of our very creation
the origin of the disease began long long ago
patterns become habits become culture or cultural traits
especially over time – patterns can change and become a new norm
the old ones forgotten
somehow. long ago
we have forgotten how to feel truly connected to our sense of belonging on this earth
to this Earth
and have been in fear of everything ever since!
we dont’ know who we are
we don’t know why we are here
we don’t remember our gifts and purpose
if you ask me, that sounds like it could create alot of internal anxiety
we fear death
we fear our bodies because we don’t truly understand the power it is
we fear life in general and stepping out of line – what line?
the four corners connected by lines that makes a box
the comfort zone within the defined and structured belief that dictates to you the ‘world view’
or consensus that makes you normal – fit in
We adjust not to the reality of a world, but to the reality of other thinkers. =:= Joseph Chilton Pearce =:=
this world view probably will show little interest in your authenticity or creative abilities
it doesn’t want to feed and nourish your imagination or ability to come up with creative solutions, no
it wants you to conform and be domestic
not wild and unpredictable
not a free being able to play and be inspired by spirit
this disconnection between our hearts and our brain
our wild primal self connected to Spirit and our physical self
is the divide that has been trying to heal for hundreds maybe thousands of years
artist =:= vasil woodland
but the distractions over the last hundred years with the explosion of technology and the growth of cities & industry
are really pushing >>>in our faces<<< the symptoms of the disease more and more clearly
louder and louder
the rampage of violence and greed are shouting
shouting out of fear – shouting to be heard
out of a deep emptiness that drives a human being mad –
an emptiness that hasn’t been able to be filled because it didn’t even realize it was empty to begin with?
a deep longing void that cannot be addressed as long as we push the ‘wild one within’ away with distractions….
this emptiness may have begun in the womb
as you sensed your own mother’s emptiness and the emotions she either accepted or suppressed within herself and the stresses it caused her
your birth may have been a struggle leaving you feeling uncertain about this world
maybe even really painful – emotionally – physically
because we have forgotten the innate power within ourselves that knows how to give birth gently
in a soft way
to assure you that this world is safe and peaceful
we have forgotten that these were marked as powerful rites of passage for a reason! because they imprint and affect us for the rest of our lives – at least they shape our first experiences
Michael Odent an Obstretrician writes about the importance of an undisturbed physiological birth
the chemical interplay that is necessary for our complete potential development
and according to him our capacity to love
Odent has established a database of studies that make this connection, studies from all over the world and from general scientific and health literature. (You can find this database at the BirthWorks website.) In doing so, he brings together shards of a broken mirror (to use his simile) that once fit together will reflect a complete picture. These studies correlate events in the “primal period,” from conception to one year of life, to social, psychological, and physical health later in life. Odent’s conclusion is that the capacity to love is largely determined at the time of birth. In his book, The Scientification of Love , he proposes that the capacity to love is an important potential new strategy for human survival, and that the old survival strategy, the domination of nature and other human groups, is no longer appropriate.
According to Odent, all cultures throughout history have ritually disturbed the first contact between mother and newborn baby. We have all seen this in births that we have attended; in fact, we have all taken part in these rituals. Those of us who have seen or read about the rituals of birth in other societies can attest to it in them as well. The purpose of the interruption of the intimate contact between mother and baby at this critical time has been to shift the development of the capacity to love to the development of a capacity for agression. The rituals in some societies (e.g., ancient Sparta, where male babies were thrown on the floor at birth) were more violent than in others; hence, some societies developed more aggressive, bellicose members than others. The capacity for agression has given man an evolutionary advantage up to the present time, but clearly is no longer serving us well. In order to survive as a species, we need to turn away from agression and toward love. As Odent states, “Humanity is at a turning point, when all our deep-rooted perinatal beliefs and rituals are losing their evolutionary advantages.”
In his book, Odent says that we now have scientific evidence that explains how the capacity to love develops through a complex interaction of hormones, hormones that are secreted during many experiences of love and close human interaction including sexual intercourse and conception, birth, lactation, and even sharing a meal with loved ones. The role of oxytocin, the “love hormone,” is particularly important. Natural oxytocin delivered by human touch, but not synthetic oxytocin delivered by an intravenous drip, has important effects on many organs in the body, including the brain. (Synthetic oxytocin does not cross the blood/brain barrier.) Odent discusses some of the many studies that have looked at “love” at the molecular level, that is to say at the level of hormones and their activities in the body.
we have forgotten how to raise our young more like our mammalian kin – a way of a natural and nurtured unfolding
and began believing that dis attaching from them early would surely make them strong and independent
but they want to smell their mother’s – to be skin to skin – to suckle from her breast as nourishment and to be cradled in her arm’s for security & nurturing
instead we broke them
we broke the little babies over time – thinking this was best
and we began disconnecting from our instinctual- sensual selves
more and more
becoming more and more domesticated – dependant-
and less and less >>Wild<< and self sustaining
the barrier between the heart and brain grew great distances
and our connection to our natural state has grown apart from our everyday lives
the human brain cannot fully develop as planned by nature when the child is in a constant state of fear, rage & greif, which it will be when love and nurturing are absent. The child and later the adult will always have to use whatever intelligence has developed in the service of the lower brains rather than using the lower brains in service of the human brain as intended by nature. -elaine mathews
our connection to our bodies and minds cluttered and unclear
we have polluted our life lines – that which nourishes us – our food and water and air – our thoughts
we have forgotten how powerful intentions and the the messages we send ourselves really are
and how we are an important strand in the web of life on Earth
our experiences from womb to world and how well we bond with our own mother’s affects how well we are able to bond with the Earth as our mother
why are we suprised by the amount of suffering in our world?
the cycles of self abuse and addictions to things or substances? to self medicating and covering up symptoms
the violence & lack of feeling in our world?
our disconnection from our greater truth and our ability to truly be free of emotional control has created an ego driven race, that is divided and set against itself
Nothing in the realm of thoughts or ideologies is absolute. Lean on one for long, and it collapses. Because of this, there is nothing more futile and frustrating than relying on the mind. To arrive at the unshakable, you must befriend the Tao. To do this, quiet your thinking. Stop analyzing, dividing, making distinctions between one thing and another. Simply see that you are at the center of the universe, and accept all things and beings as parts of your infinite body. When you perceive that an act done to another is done to yourself, you have understood the great truth…”
~ * Lao Tzu * ~
We can flourish again as a natural species in harmony with nature
we just have to want to heal our own wounds and release everything we are not
we can become organic and whole again – our birthrights are love, empathy,creativity, intuition,feeling connected and inspired. clairvoyance, precognition, telepathy and so much more, can be ours……the paranormal is really our true potential ‘normal’ not only reserved for special or holy people!
we are created to genuinely care for one another – naturally
we are all the sleeping shaman – the one who knows without knowing – the one who stands between the worlds
this can all be ours
all we have to leave behind is the emptiness of the plastic world that was created to keep us from remembering
Nature mirrors everything we need to know
nature is our road home ((O))
artist =:= josephine wall
There are some great writers and thinkers on the subjects of our spiritual nature’s, wired into our physiology:
“the hearbeat of intelligence” elaine mathews
“magical child” joseph chilton pearce
“the heart-mind matrix” joseph chilton pearce
“the biology of belief” Dr.Bruce Lipton
“awakening the child heart” carla hannaford
and so many more 🙂
And what is as important as knowledge? asked the mind….
Caring and seeing with the heart answered the soul!