This month the “Green Mom Carnival” had a series on Getting Back to Nature. I really wish I had found it before the deadline. But alas, I did not, but it still inspired me to write about what I think is a very important topic.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that there are no series of activities that will help my child appreciate something like music, nature or art, The best way to appreciate something is to incorporate it into my life with an overarching philosophy, to understand why it is important and why I need it in my life.
The best way to “get back to nature” is to realize that there is no natural world; there is just one planet that we all share and that nature doesn’t begin or end. We breath the same air, drink the same water, live under the same sun, though we don’t like to think about it, there are microbes in our bodies and on our skin that our as wild as a herd of animals and deeply important to maintaining our equilibrium. There is no nature; that is just a human construct. Of course this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get outdoors and “back to nature”, in fact I think the best way to come to this realization is by being outdoors. Except one day when you come back inside, you don’t leave nature behind, it stays with you.