Nature and Spirit

 
A new way of seeing the world as profoundly connected is emerging. It is consistent with what we are now learning and the understanding that indigenous peoples have always had. This opens a possibility for a future that is not merely an extension of the past.

 

 
In this new view, we are connected to everything – part of one unified whole. Anything we do to one of us has an effect on the whole and visa versa. This understanding creates an entirely new possibility for humanity’s relationship to nature, very different from our recent past.

 
Think about it, we are actually breathing the very same air our ancestors breathed 100, 1,000 and 10,000 years ago.

 

Inspiration for the Journey

 
“Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.”

—Blaise Pascal

 
“We’re yearning for connection with each other, with ourselves, with the powers of nature, the possibilities of being alive.”
—John Robbins

 
“Finding beauty in a broken world is creating beauty in the world we find.”

—Terry Tempest Williams

 
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

—William Shakespeare

 
“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
—Albert Einstein

 
“We are in a crisis of perception because we see ourselves as something other than completely interconnected and interdependent. There are no other solutions to the world’s problems than a change in consciousness.”
—Deepak Chopra

 
“Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people.”
—A Duwamish chief