We go to doctors for depression, insomnia, and anxiety.We ask for prescriptions and pills, while what we should be doing instead is turning to nature for help.
Nature has historically been the home for human beings, just like it remains a home for animals and plants (with the exception of those that are kept in zoos and greenhouses).
Nature is able to show us true beauty without modifications, exaggerations, and falseness.
Walking the woods, I sense the ground pitch and swell, and I know it in my bones: Someone worked a mule through here. In the quiet, I imagine the creak of a leather trace, the clink of a dinner plate, the sigh of a man whose hard day in the fields will mark the land long after he’s gone.
Despite the technological advances and scientific inventions that make us believe we have nothing in common with the rest of the animal kingdom, we are still part of the planet’s fauna, whether we realize it or not.
If you’re lucky, you might find a rusty strand of barbed wire enveloped in tree bark.
If you’re very good, you could stumble upon a cat-face pine — an ancient longleaf pine bearing the whisker-like scars of a tree once slashed by an old turpentiner mining its pitchy resins.After all, is it not ironic how people go to galleries and exhibitions to look at paintings of colorful flowers, mighty woods, green hills, and fast clear streams; those simple beauties can easily be observed in real life outside of the urban environment which looms around them.Or the fact people purchase recordings of calming sounds of nature, like what you would hear at night in the woods—a damped quavering of an owl, a ringing flare of crickets, and the sonorous rustle of bushes.Nature is about balance and harmony—what we lack when we live inside the swirling pit of urbanized cities.Sometimes we escape, but so rarely and so abruptly, that such escapades can hardly help us reestablish our link with nature.Once you know what to look for, you find these ghosts in woods all over the place.December’s woods are spare and brown, but they’re hardly barren.We laugh at those “freaks” hugging trees in the park, or walking barefoot on grass.However, these people remember what is essential—what most others have forgotten somewhere along the race to progress and prosperity: the key to being healthy, emotionally sustained and resistant to everyday stress is staying connected to nature and allowing ourselves to put all business on hold and take a break (Swang 54).Follow it uphill, and you might find a homestead oak.In an open farmstead yard, oak trees spread branches out on all sides, low to the ground, and they’re easy to spot in younger, tangled woods.