This post was written as a speech for a Toastmasters project, so feel free to insert some gestures and a healthy injection of passion while reading. I joined Toastmasters to get over my fear of public speaking and now I’m beginning to quite like the idea of speaking to people who have to listen to what I’ve got to say… and it seems I have a lot to say!
“I was trying to think back to how my love for nature began, and I realised it wasn’t so much a specific moment, as it is an inherent bond… like a baby who still remains connected to her Mother after birth, even though the physical umbilical has been cut.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of living on the mountainside. My sister and I used to try eat the plants and flowers to see what they tasted like – I swear the aftertaste of some of them still lingers. I remember making a nest on one of the rocks outside and placing eggs I had taken from my fridge in it, thinking a bird will come and sit on them and hatch some chicks. The next day the eggs were gone… and no chicks.
From a young age I didn’t much like the human race. I saw us as destroying our planet and had more of an affinity with animals. I wanted to be a dolphin trainer, but then decided I didn’t like the idea of dolphins being in captivity. My science expo project was about laboratory testing on animals – entitled “Vivisection: are humans humane?” And then as I grew older I realised animals weren’t the ones that needed the help, people were. We must be really suffering if we can cause this much suffering to each other and the planet. If I was going to help change the world (no small feat), it needed to start with me… and I needed to start liking humans, in fact loving them because essentially Divine Love and connection are the keys to a thriving future.
Nature is not something separate from us, we are nature. When we disconnect from nature we disconnect from our selves.“Most people are on the world, not in it – having no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them – undiffused, separate and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate” – John Muir.
Our planet is a living, breathing organism. Everything is alive with pure consciousness and when we connect to nature we align with and tap into that consciousness, connecting to a higher aspect of who we are – our true essence. We subconsciously activate a forgotten memory of the Love and Oneness that we really are.
For me, being in nature is like going back home. I feel a deep sense of belonging, at peace with all that is. Any stresses feel insignificant in comparison to the vastness of beauty and wonder that surrounds me.
Mother nature helps us to connect with the feminine right side of our brain, giving us fresh perspective, new ideas, creative flow and reconnecting us to our hearts.
Not only does she benefit the mind, heart and spirit, but the body too.
The Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface and because we contain a large number of charged ions (electrolytes) in our blood and body fluids, our bodies are naturally conductive so when we come directly into contact with the ground (through walking, sitting or lying) we absorb these electrons into our body, bringing it to the same potential as the earth. Also known as Grounding.
Our immune system functions optimally when we have an adequate supply of electrons so the health benefits are numerous. As well as being the best (and most affordable) antioxidant, it also protects us from the disruptive Electro Magnetic Fields we’re exposed to on a daily basis.
Traditionally shoes were made of leather, which conducts electrons. However, modern day rubber and plastics are electrical insulators and therefore block the beneficial flow of electrons from the earth to your body, as of course do our roads and paving. Every living being needs the earth for balance and energy harmonization!
Throughout our existence humanity has been closely bonded with nature. It’s only in recent times that we’ve created a man-made environment that’s not only destroying our own health, but the health of our planet. The chaos and destruction is so huge because we relate to nature to being something outside of ourselves. “the more we dominate, own and control, the more separate we experience ourselves. And the more separate we experience ourselves, the greater the urge to dominate, to own, to control” – Charles Eisenstein
We are inextricably connected to every life form on this planet… Animate or inanimate, everything is energy vibrating at different frequencies and speeds. And because our thoughts are high frequency energy they have a direct impact on your life, your environment, humanity and the entire planet.
You may have heard of Dr Emoto who introduced the idea that water not only reflects the outside world (as in a placid lake or still pond acting as a mirror) but also reflects the consciousness surrounding it. The experiments to discover this included bottles filled with water that were either under a positive or negative influence. Words of love and encouragement created beautifully symmetrical crystals. Words of hate, anger and criticism were discoloured and malformed. Considering that our bodies are between 50 to 75 % water, this says a lot about how are thoughts and words affect our health. And because we are a webstring in the web of life, affecting our planet too.
The future of our planet relies on us being in harmony with her. Living in balance within ourselves and within our environment. Nature provides… she is abundant with resources – water, food, shelter, energy and yet humanity struggles in lack. She teaches us and heals us… it’s up to us to connect to her wisdom and create a symbiotic relationship that has long been forgotten.
Be with nature, not just in it. listen to the wisdom within the stillness.
Walk barefoot on the beach and feel the deep connection you share.
Feel the strength and protection of the mountains, the cleansing breath of the wind.
We are one with all of life, and it’s time to remember that.”
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