On with Part 3, Revere nature…
This one is a big topic oft covered in mainstream media and the internets (Google ‘forest bathing’ and you’ll be off down a rabbit hole) so I wont go on too much.
Being in nature to me is not about marching down a bushwalking track in our active-wear to tick the ‘spend time in nature’ box. It’s about noticing nature everywhere, the big and the small bits. Noticing how everything is connected and that we (the humans) are a part of it. When we really notice the earth and become in awe of it, we’re are more inclined to look after it, to tell stories about it, and for it to once again become part of our cultural narrative. Which takes me back to the previous post in this series about understanding our heritage, and knowing that there was a time when it was quite a mainstream idea to honour the earth and maintain a profound connection to it.
I think this is about a mindset shift and a change of pace. It’s about letting go of all the pressures of doing X and being at Y at a particular time. It’s about getting your eye in, and stopping to witness the small things… X and Y can wait. It’s about watching a ladybird or stopping in a park to look up through the branches of an ancient tree. It’s about rambling along a creek, or a rocky coastline. Most importantly this should be done at a slow pace and using ALL of our senses. An optional addition is to take a kid with you (with their parents’ permission of course). We notice that our small humans have an innate ability to faff about, look under every rock, and slow the pace right down.
Listen If you can’t get outside you can get some nature into your ears (the soundscapes are incredible!) listen to Off Track, an ABC podcast.
Read The Overstory by Richard Powers. “There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.”
About this series
This is one part of a series of blog posts about ideas that since the outbreak of Covid-19 have become clear to me that we must put into action. We must take our hands out of our pockets, stop postulating and/or despairing about the state of things and start listening, and start doing. I’ve had enough of the ‘bigger is better’ rhetoric, which is fuelling the economic growth at any expense mindset. I think we need to slow down, simplify and aim for an ‘enough is enough’ world view, which can sustain healthy communities, cultures and environment. This series breaks down a whole list of actionable things that we are working on as a family. Read the introduction to this series and the list of links to each blog post in this series here