It’s no secret. I live in the concrete jungle (a.k.a NYC). Thankfully, however, I live in a relatively quiet, peaceful neighborhood in Brooklyn close to a large park and the bay. Large beautiful houses, beautiful gardens and the peaceful plant giants line the more posh streets of where I live. In warmer weather, I can hear crickets at night. They play music to my ears. In my mind’s eye, I see stars and streaks of green light when I hear them and feel something majestic and celestial. Their sound surrounds me in 3-D, soothing my soul.
I have made it my goal to connect with nature as regularly as possible, even, while living in the most urban place in the USA. You see, I recently realized, that in spite of my passion for living in loving interconnectedness with the planet. I still know very little about nature and may be just as disconnected with it as many of us are. It’s easy to get lost in the fast pace and concerns of NYC life. For me, I can get lost in financial survival, tight schedule logistics and other practical measures. That said, I have decided to repair that broken bridge between myself and nature, realizing it to be essential to my own well-being and also to what I am passionate about sharing with others: creating our lives in harmony with the Earth.
Some of the simple things I do to connect with nature is to feel the breeze on my skin, look at people’s gardens, the river and trees. Let me pause a second— the trees are like gentle giants of the plant kingdom. I never tire of looking at them. One look, and immediately, a peace reflected in their stillness befalls me. My mind becomes calmer, my heart beats more slowly and my body relaxes. It is the most awesome thing. If I listen more deeply I feel something about them, from the quiet space inside me, that wordlessly tells me their purpose, their strength and their preciousness.
Now that it is colder and I no longer hear the crickets, I listen to what the sounds of autumn are- a dry, whispering crackle of wind through leaves. It is a near seductive sound– sexy, smokey and ripe. I think of pears, apples, root vegetables and deep, warming spices. Twilight’s lapis blue descends earlier, making it all the more mysterious .
With all of this autumn splendor, why am I not outside much as of late? My excuse– I get don’t like the colder and shorter days. Well, that just settles it– autumn walk, here I come. . . .