Being in Nature

Dennis and I went out for a day of kayaking today on the Otonabee Nature Reserve. We both share a love of nature. One of the wonderful things about being in nature is that I seem to let go of all that is not authentic in what I have become. It invites me in without question, assumptions or judgements. My opinions, beliefs and everything else that muddies and confounds my relationship with self and life seem to fall away and something more authentic emerges in absence of the external hindrances. There is no pressure to conform or expectations to meet or pressure to be what others perceive me to be. No regulations, time lines or appointments to meet.

These days I spend as much time as I can in nature in intimate rapport with it. It is so much larger than the “self” and more real than anything that my mind can imagine to be real. In some ways my awareness is expanded and mind is cleansed of debris and insight is illuminated. All this is truly unfathomable with the human mind. Here in this place I see more clearly where it is that I am lost and confused.

2 thoughts on “Being in Nature

  1. I think about how Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith claims that there is something in nature which confronts us about our lack of integrity, our selfishness and competitiveness. That doesn’t make sense to me, because you have to know a lot about nature to perceive that it is the product of integrative activity. On the surface it is easy enough to see examples of competition and “selfishness” amongst animals and plants, at least enough to not feel criticised by it.

    If we feel confronted by nature, I think it is more likely to be by its lack of repression, the absence of the self-control which characterises civilised human society.

    But we are a product of and participant in those natural processes at base, so it makes sense that nature is a place to reconnect with what is most authentic. The great spiritual thinkers, when they needed to find the truth, left the city and headed for the desert or they sat under a tree.

    1. I noticed you have Michael Pollans book on your shelf of Goodreads. Its a good read. It inspired me to read Timothy Leary and Ralph Metzner which I have had on my too read list fir some time. And as well Christophe S Hyatts “Undoing Yourself” that I am sure you would enjoy. He really lets lose with the dark side revelations.

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