Nature is My Sanctuary
Nature provides a place of comfort and solitude–an escape from the pressures of life. When I am in the woods, all societal norms and influences are far away, along with the day-to-day stresses of life. The wilderness offers me a deep, peaceful sense of connection to something much larger and greater than myself.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the best-selling fiction author of all time. He wrote plays and poems about human emotions and conflict–his view on nature shows his level of observation, insight, and intelligence.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare
The ocean, woods, and mountains–anywhere in nature, really– has an almost sedating effect on the psyche. Turning to nature is a holistic healing tool available to any of us is we choose.
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
-Jacques Yves Cousteau
The great artist, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) appreciated the beauty found in nature. Flowers, trees, and the outdoors were often the subjects of his paintings.
“In nature nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was a great architect, writer, and fellow Wisconsinite. He displayed a deep respect for the beauty of nature.
“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
John Muir (1838-1914) was a naturalist, writer, and environmental philosopher. He was also known as John of the Mountains. He worked to protect wilderness in the United States.
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
– John Muir
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir
John Muir is also known as Wilderness Prophet and The Father of Our National Parks. I consider him a true hero of our environment and national park system.
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
– Henry David Thoreau
John Burroughs (1837-1921) was an American naturalist and nature essayist, active in the U.S. conservation movement. He met Walt Whitman in 1864 and they mentored one another as writers.
“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light
and color are their last days.” – John Burroughs
Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) was a Norwegian writer. In 1920 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Hamsun wrote on a variety of subjects, with naturalism and spirituality being two of his favorites.
“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” – Mary Davis
George Gordon Byron, also known as Lord Byron (1788-1824), was an English poet, politician, and a leading force in the Romantic movement.
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleonora Duse
Aristotle (384 B.C.- 322 B.C.) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. His intellect was vast and he is still considered one of the greatest thinkers in politics, psychology, metaphysics and ethics.
“The silence of nature is very real. It surrounds you . . . you can feel it.”
– Ted Trueblood
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity. He received honorary doctorate degrees in science, medicine and philosophy from European and American universities.
“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our
understandings and our hearts.” – William Hazlitt
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was a major English Romantic poet and nature lover. He viewed nature as spiritual and healing, often writing about this love and respect in his work.
“With an eye made quiet with the power of harmony and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.” – William Wordsworth
“Nature never did betray the heart that loves her.” – William Wordsworth
It was difficult to find any information on Pha Pachack’s history. He is/was an ecology monk of the Thai Buddhist monastics, and felt compelled to protect the environment as part of his religious duty to help relieve suffering.
“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” – John Keats
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher, and poet. He lectured on the topics of spirituality and ethical living.
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I feel sentimental when I am in the wilderness–it offers me a place to ground myself, just as it did for my ancestors. There is a commonality with those who have gone before us when we give ourselves the time and opportunity to connect with nature.
“Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Check out our post on how to Mindfully Enjoy Fall.
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Peace and Love, Sandra
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