Humanity seems to be losing touch with Nature and all it provides.
How much do we really know about the world of nature around us, especially those of us who lead a ‘western’ lifestyle? A lot of native cultures seem to retain some semblance of balance toward our earth, although in today’s world, sadly even that is probably disappearing as more of the youth of these cultures become influenced by the illusions of modern day living and all it encompasses along with technology and the desire for ‘possessions’.
If we could only turn back to our Mother and see the beauty, see the signals She gives us of imminent occurrences, give Her the respect She deserves, and honour all that is part of Her being including all the plants and animals, our lives would be better balanced and fulfilled.
I have heard tales of how indigenous peoples know when to hunt for eels, when the bark of a certain tree falls away and reveals a pattern the same as on the eels; or when certain nuts are ready to harvest when the white butterflies appear in profusion. I have heard of songlines that are where the earth was created, or sung into being, where now the people can travel across vast distances by following the song, and telepathically communicate through the network of the earth. Now, whether these tales are completely true or not, I cannot say, but even if they are partly valid, it indicates an understanding of nature far beyond what most of us have on a day to day basis. If the world were to suddenly change, and we were to lose our technology, or ability to communicate across distances, or even to travel (if the oil supplies finally dried up), how many of us would know how to survive? Would you know when was the right time to fish, plant, harvest, or which native plants were edible or poisonous? Would you understand that when the ants build their nests higher up on the trunks of trees it can mean flooding is imminent? Would you honour and respect and give thanks to the animals you may now need to slaughter (if you can catch them!) in order to survive?
Nature is not here for us to abuse and conquer, cut down, destroy, burn, and rape. It is our ally. As such, it deserves to be honoured, even in some small way each day. Only ever take what you need or can use, never more. Take a moment to contemplate something in the natural world around you. Observe the moss growing on only one side of the tree, indicating the direction of the sun, look at how the ants function as a group entity and cooperate with each other, notice when the birds are calling the most, or when they suddenly become silent, as in before a storm.
Become more in tune with nature. Learn more about the native or tribal peoples of your area, and what they can teach you. Feel the energy of the earth itself, by meditating in a quiet spot somewhere, or a power spot, where you can really feel the energy move through your body and sense the pulse (heartbeat) of Mother Earth. Listen to the sounds around you, and you will become aware of the sound of the universe, even in the silence.
Give back to nature.
Look after your space.
Clean up litter.
Grow beautiful and bountiful plants.
Bring nature into your home.
Create an altar.
Write about it, sing about it, share it.
Learn from it, by observing the patterns and nuances, the seasons and the cycles.
Become one with it.