Nature is inspiringly patient,
it is as soft as the flow of a river,
it is as hard as death,
it is as quiet as termites building their mounds,
it is as loud as woodlands kingfisher announcing its return after migrating many miles and
nature is pure,
it is home.
These are just some of the ways I could try to explain nature, but it’s difficult to describe and everyone gets a different feeling when immersed in nature or simply hears the word “nature”.
The connection to nature is so central to what we do at Londolozi. As a guide, my own connection to nature is what allows me to do my job, and to help my guests from all over the world find their own way to connect with the wilderness when they are here at Londolozi. Recently I came across a few quotes which really rang true for me when describing the feeling of nature. I found that after reading each quote, something arose in me as I interpreted the words and found my own examples of them in my mind. I was inspired to share them in case any of them resonated with you today and perhaps brought you closer to nature in your own way.
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” Alice Walker
This describes how imperfectly perfect the wild can be with everything created and shaped in its own way for a very specific reason. Nature is unique.
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Khalil Gibran
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein
I believe we, as humans, can learn so much from the wilderness and all its tiny components all interacting in one ecosystem. There is no greed and there is no waste, there is no time but the present.
“We don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Native American proverb
We are all responsible for the care of the Earth. I believe it is our purpose to hold on to the good and that every life is as precious as mine.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu
“The butterfly counts months but moments, and has enough time.” Rabindranath Tagore
“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature, the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” Rachel Carson
“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
These four quotes all have one thing in common – time is not something that we need to live by. Some tribes do not even have a word for time. Within the Hadza Tribe in Tanzania, the children do not believe in the past or the future. A group of travelling artists gave the children some paint to paint pictures and once they had finished their painting they threw the paintings away. The artist who gave them the paint asked why they did that? To which they responded that they have lived in the moment and now that is over they no longer need the paintings, they only live in the now. This stuck with me and shows how the tribes have learnt from nature.
“ Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.” Gretel Ehrlich
“ The Earth has music for those who listen.” William Shakespeare
“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of stars.” Walt Whitman.
This to me means that every part of nature has a place and is as beautiful as each other.
The intangible quality of nature is so deeply rooted in the felt experience of it. But sometimes, as with these quotes that I have shared, words can beautifully illustrate those feelings – just as these quotes have all resonated with me and how I feel when I’m in nature.
I would love to hear if you have any other feelings about nature or beautiful quotes that inspire you each day?