Most of us live in a city or in a suburban neighborhood. There are trees and parks, but as beautiful as they are, most have been shaped and molded by man. On a day to day basis few of us have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in true natural environments. We often fantasize about sitting in that comfortable chair on the silent lake shore or walking on the scented path through a cool forest dappled in sunlight. This is a strong urge because when we live in a world that is created by man we start to believe this is the whole world. But in reality, most of the world is something quite different. It is the crashing surf, the gentle breeze, the grove of trees, the flower strewn meadow and the soaring mountain that has been seeded, watered, nurtured, molded and developed all by nature’s hand.
There comes a time when we feel the need to reconnect to that reality. Maybe it’s for a day when we hike in the local mountains, or a week on vacation in a more remote destination, or the long escape to an unparalleled, mystical environment. Or maybe it’s the decision to live permanently in the heart of nature; on the rural farm, in that cottage on the lake, or in a cabin in the mountains, away from the man-made world.
Few of us want to do without the man-made conveniences. We want the hot water, the good sewage system, the fire department and the restaurant. We weigh the benefits and the cost. But, on that level of our heart, we know we want some connection to nature. Finding our way to re-connect can be a path to discovery. There are so many possibilities and levels of commitment. Finding the awe, the grandeur, the power and the stillness requires some effort, some time and some resources. It is an indispensable, soulful experience worthy of our allegiance.
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