We are All One
When it comes to everything, all paths lead to nature, which is everything.
I don’t know if I can be any more vague. I don’t know if I can be any more clear.
It’s hard not to sound abstract when attempting to use words to describe… the way everything is everything else… the way infinite synchronicities and repeating patterns in nature teach us that, layer upon layer, everything in existence is actually all one. That the answers to all the questions we human beings spend our lives seeking are available, always and at any time, through our hearts. All we have to do is open ourselves up to see.
How do we do this?
Connect with nature.
But we’re already connected with nature, because we are nature.
You are not just a part of nature– you are nature. And so is everything else.
So re-connect with (your) nature in awareness, then.
Our back yards, our own bodies, a forest, a field, a cityscape, a pet… these are all example landscapes that carry infinite wisdom about our own nature and the nature of everything else. We are constantly surrounded by endless opportunities for lessons that are simultaneously embarrassingly simple and incomprehensibly complex.
How do we even begin to notice that the learning and connection opportunities are even there, let alone tap into them? Is the path to enlightenment to run naked into the wilderness and sing Kum Baya to an aging tree (between bites of granola, of course), hugging it from within the sweet smoky tendrils of burning Patchouli?
As a general recommendation, probably not… although this sequence of dramatic if not stereotypical actions just might be somebody’s perfect medicine. I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that something simpler might be a more fitting place to start for most. Maybe it’s going outside to sit on a rock. Or keeping the kitchen window open so that birdsong has a chance to come in. And then…. listening. Just listen.
Ready to begin/continue the journey? Get inspired!
If you’re looking to jump into the lake, you might want to check out my life-partner’s stylings on wilderness living skills at Sticks & Stones Wilderness School.