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This newsletter is really about Louie Schwartzberg and what he’s learned from Nature.  In one of his Ted Talks [link to , he talks about what he believes Nature teaches us: that Nature uses beauty and seduction for survival, because we protect what we fall in love with. And there aren’t many of us who don’t fall in love with that beauty, or who aren’t seduced by it.

In a recent interview, he discussed how, through his filming of Nature over the years, he came to appreciate the drive that all of Nature has to survive, to perpetuate life through generations. From this, he has come to believe that Nature teaches us how to live a creative and sustainable life.

The next time you see a bee take nectar from a flower, take the time to see the attraction between the flower and the bee, and how each gives and takes from the other, so that both benefit from the exchange.

Nature feeds our eyes, ears, all our senses. Our interaction with it floods us with dopamine, bringing us a sense of joy and well-being. From 52 Ways to Fall in Love with the Earth, here are a few you might do:

  • Watch through Nature’s eyes. Spend time watching birds as they migrate back for the summer.  Starlings, for instance, surround us. If we suspend judgment about them and simply watch how they flock and sing, their grace can be mesmerizing.
  • Lean against a tree.  Trees communicate with one another through the fungus attached to their roots.  Every forest contains many “Mother” trees that monitor the surrounding trees, regardless of tree type, and send signals to neighboring trees if a tree needs extra nutrients. Trees provide us with so much. What more can trees tell us about living?
  • Dream with the clouds.  Every child does this – spending hours looking at the ever-changing sky; never the same ever again as it was in this particular moment.  Telling us something about possibility and opportunity.

In a new project titled Happiness Revealed, an old man reminds us that every day is a gift; unique and precious.  If we open up our heart to this day, we are offering something precious in return.

Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

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Quote of the Week
Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
-Hans Christian Andersen

 

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