The pull of the earth tugs at people more than just from gravity. When life gets hectic, we often say we need to be "grounded", to slow down and "regroup". Finding places and times to do this is vital to us as individuals and a society. Our National Parks and Refuges are a testament to the importance of placing ourselves amidst the rocks, trees and water periodically.
The oceans are where we have our earliest roots. Our bodies are mostly salt water, and we cannot live without water for long. It is a basic physical and emotional need that most of us return to regularly for physical nourishment and spiritual refreshment.
Trees have always been symbols of the connection between earth and heaven. They slow us down, teach us patience and broaden our view of the world around us. Shel Silverstein's timeless book "The Generous Tree" shows how a tree allows us to play, seek shade from the elements, give us fuel for our homes, teach us about the seasons of life, and, in general, how to be a bit more compassionate.
Rocks can also teach. David Brower, former head of the Sierra Club, once said that "We think rocks are inanimate because their tempo of life is slower than ours". The simplicity and quiet grandeur of large rocks and mountains can realign us to the larger rhythms of the earth. Whether it's magnetism or some other force, rocks and "un-manned" spaces on the land can calm us down and provide a stronger foundation to conduct ourselves in the world.
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