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Connection with Nature



Human beings are a part of nature, but we often live and act as if we are somehow separate or outside of it. It’s no surprise then that we find turning to nature as a place for healing, ritual, self-reflection, personal growth, and awe can physically improve our health, happiness, and well-being. Beauty, space, life, pattern, natural resources, and changing seasons and light—even viewing art and film depictions of nature—all have positive impacts on our brains: our nerves are calmed, and we sense more creativity, openness, generosity, resilience, connection, and oneness. Regaining our connection to nature can have many facets, all of which improve our well-being.

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Mary Oliver Reading Wild Geese

Poet Mary Oliver reads her poem "Wild Geese": You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Nature, Man and Woman

Western thought and culture have coalesced around a series of constructed ideas—that human beings stand separate from a nature that must be controlled; that the mind is somehow superior to the body; that all sexuality entails a seduction—that in some way underlie our exploitation of the earth, ...

Entangled with the World

Bayo Akomolafe discusses his short course for Schumacher College called “Radical Activism, Education and Emergence: Entangled with the World.” The course was a beautiful time spent at the borderlands of the familiar. A coming down to earth.

Awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.

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The Case to Recognise Indigenous Knowledge as Science | Albert Wiggan | TEDxSydney

In this passionate talk, Albert Wiggan calls for better recognition from the scientific community arguing that Indigenous knowledge is science and that's what we should call it.

All the Marvelous Earth

All the Marvelous Earth is an anthology of Krishnamurtis writings on our relationship with each other and with the environment. In this wonderful book he points to a different way of living that is seldom, if ever, explored in traditional approaches to environmental issues.

The Healing Power of Nature

A large body of evidence has shown that spending time in nature is responsible for many measurable beneficial changes in the body.

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

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Awakening Joy: Anam Thubten Rinpoche on “The Joy of Being”

Awakening Joy is an internationally recognized Internet course created by noted teacher, author, and co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, James Baraz.

Love Letter to the Earth

While many experts point to the enormous complexity in addressing issues ranging from the destruction of ecosystems to the loss of millions of species, Thich Nhat Hanh identifies one key issue as having the potential to create a tipping point.

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