“We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” — Andy Goldsworthy
Last week I was engrossed in a zoom date with my lovely friend Nancy. (Whooohoooo we got her on zoom!) She is my soul sister, a poet from Idaho, a wise woman, 74 years young and one of my favourite people on this planet. One of the things we have in common is that we both love, cherish and respect Mother Earth.
I believe the wisest thing Nancy said was, “Sarah, the great mother chooses a few to live and flow through, you my dear are one.”
I let that sink in. I love nature, I love being in nature, I love the simplest things, like the colour of the moss, the tiny indigo beetle on the side of the path or the kites circling and calling from above. I never leave unhappy ever! Even when I get lost, take the wrong turn or wrong path, fall in mud, or dance in the rain. They make me more connected, grounded, supported and joyful.
As I hobbled today through the forest with all the green spring leaves, with my dear friend SW and her daughter. I was deeply grateful for this beautiful place we get to call home. We sat on a log, basking in the sunshine and at peace with the wonderful Earth Day afternoon.
When Mother Nature is happy, I am happy. This year the Australian bushfires combined with COVID 19. My heart, soul and body has felt this more than ever. It’s hard not to feel it, I am struggling to shift the heaviness and dancing my heart out isn’t an option. Right now stillness, love, connectedness, gratitude and faith is what I hold on to. Right now that is enough and I know this Great Mother we call home is healing.
“We need to wake up and fall in love with the Earth. Our personal and collective happiness and survival depends on it.” — Thich Nhat Hanh