Nature Will Teach You

“Unfortunately, modern man has become so focused on harnessing nature’s resources that he has forgotten how to learn from them. If you let them, however, the elements of nature will teach you as they have taught me.”
― Anasazi Foundation, The Seven Paths: Changing One’s Way of Walking in the World

Walking into Autumn … again

Fall at Chalco #8 Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Fall at Chalco #8
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Genie’s Note: Today we celebrate the Autumnal Equinox. Each season of the year as well as of our lives has lessons for us. It is important that we not ignore them. In honor of the first day of Autumnal (or Fall) I am reposting an oldie by goodie from 2016.

With the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd the journey toward winter began.  For many this is a time of planning and preparation, making sure homes and vehicles are ready for the impending cold.  Squirrels are busily burying nuts so they will have food for winter.  Our daily lives begin to change as we dig out the winter clothes and soup recipes.  This flurry of activity is in preparation to settle in and hunker down as the weather gets colder and colder.

As the earth prepares to slow down, this is our chance to slow down as well.  With the cooler weather we can now begin cooking meals requiring lengthy times in the oven.  The smell of fresh baked bread may begin to fill the kitchen.  We are more inclined to settle in with a good book and a piping hot beverage.

This year especially, I hope we will heed the lessons of Autumn. Mother Earth has much to teach us if we will only slow down and take the time to listen.

Blessings to you during this beautiful season.

Man’s Heart Away from Nature

“Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the earth is not bereft of four-footed life – that to the white man is an ‘unbroken wilderness.’

But for us there was no wilderness, nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly. Our faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings.

For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world.

But we were wise. We knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard.”
― Chief Luther Standing Bear

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