Connect with nature, live in the present

Connect with nature, live in the present

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The human being is a social being that lives in community. Remotely we lived, like the rest of the species, in nature, in the forests, but little by little we were designing our own project outside of it. We built small villages and from there to the towns and large cities. Thus, we get to the point that a large part of the world's population lives in large cities, having lost contact with what was always our home: nature.

In this transition from living in natural environments to living in cities the human was gaining and losing things. If we talk about profit we could say, for example, that it was gaining in comfort and materiality. However, among the many things that we have lost in this whole process is contact with nature. This, which seems to be a truism, is not so much if we specify what we are talking about when we say that we have lost contact, and it is that by "contact" we are not referring only to living-with but also to the fact of living-with. But to live-it would be needed something that has also atrophied us in all this maelstrom that urban life often involves, and this something lost is being in time.

The human species, in effect, also lost being in time. We have incorporated the past and the future into our psychological time line: in the past we can remember our experiences and with the future we make plans being guided in reality by it. So far everything would be fine, but the problem arises when incorporating the past and the future we tear the present out of our lives living like this most of the time in the past (remembering) or in the future (projecting) but rarely connecting.

We lose the present by living based exclusively on the future; We lose what is in favor of what will still be and in this way we neither live what is nor can we live what will be, because when this is we will be projected again to the future. In this way we are continually out of time and out of reality since reality is only what it is, what is happening. It is essential to make plans in our lives or more, it is absolutely advisable to have a life project: reflect on what we want to do, meditate on the goals we want to propose or simply think if we should go somewhere on foot or by bicycle . Constantly counting on the future is something vital in our lives: we need to think about it and we need to be projected towards it at all times, but this projection or this necessary tool often turns against us when we exclusively live in what is still It is not and never what it is.

But this experiential loss or this always being in the future or in what is not yet -characteristic of the human being in general and of the human-urban being in particular- implies consequences, the main one being, as we say, the loss of contact with what is happening, the loss of contact with what is, with which it happens that we suffer an enormous loss of intensity in our lives. It will be necessary to reaffirm that the typically human way of being is to live projected towards the future and it is necessary that this be due to our characteristics and our way of life, but it is not so much or it is even counterproductive not to "return" in any moment to the present to perceive-live everything that happens in it. And this is precisely the “connecting” and it is what we mean when we say that the human-urban being has lost the connection with nature but also with his own present.

So what are we talking about when we say that we have lost our connection with nature? We have pointed out that connecting is not just living-with (her) but living-her (her). And what is living it? Living it are those moments in which we place ourselves in the present without projecting ourselves: it is listening to the language of the bird, paying attention to the roar of the wild river, attending to the message of the wind, capturing the call of the night cricket and delighting in the flight of the butterfly. It is, many of us going back to our childhood (and incidentally recommending that parents see the series), it is to exist, adopting as far as possible, the philosophy of life of that girl who should be one of our great models for their ecology, for their values ​​and for their way of seeing life: Heidi, a little girl who loved every living being, her mountains and the whole of nature. Heidi, yes, she lived connected to nature and to the present, and as her grandfather told her, "you have to listen to what the wind whispers to us, what the fir trees tell us or the powerful thunder."

We went from living in villages to living in cities with which, we again have an impact, we have lost contact with nature, with what we are, but despite the fact that many of us no longer have the privilege of listening to what the bird expresses or the sound of the wind on the treetops unless we move from time to time outside the city (something highly recommended), what is still in our power is to return to the present to the extent that we are located in the future is not useful to us. We have agreed that we constantly need to make plans and project ourselves but we also understand that living always outside the present makes us live life with less intensity and also important, although it is not the subject of the present reflection, with less intuition.

Let us therefore use the tool of future projection at our convenience and connect with the here and now, with the present, in the moments in which we can: perceive, without thinking about the past or the future, the presence of the forest, the tree or the of the plant; Let us focus exclusively on the flight of the bird or the brightness of the sun's rays above the clouds, let us direct all our attention to the sound of the wind or the roar of thunder, let us feel the rain bathe the earth or simply enjoy the presence of living beings that surround us, at this precise moment, and that precisely in the future will not be like us.

Let us be amazed at the beauty of a flower at this very moment. Let us admire the beauty that surrounds us in this present

By Vicente Berenguer

Video: Worship Service 1-31-21 -- First Universalist Church of Yarmouth, Maine (July 2022).


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