The other evening while walking on the Kansas levee with Toby, I watched the nighthawks dive bombing for insects. Their wings look like boomerangs. So when I got home that night, I did a google.com image search to find a picture to see if I was right to call them nighthawks. My search brought me to a little audio lesson (a few seconds) that tells about the bird and its song. Here ‘tis: http://www.birdnote.org/birdnote.cfm?id=198 (click to play the MP3). Note, the bird is really not a hawk but in the whippoorwill family.
What’s the tie-in with wellness? Nature. When we have a strong connection with nature, life is more interesting. In fact, I drove home from the dentist in torrential rain just now. Lightning all around me. My wipers couldn’t keep up. After a quick prayer of safety for everyone traveling, I anticipated coming home and throwing open my front and back doors so the energy of the storm could move through my home. Love it! The temperature dropped 20 degrees or more – a welcome respite from the scorching heat.
The wind was so fierce the rain blew in both the front and back doors. So I propped my heavy umbrella in the doorway to keep the rain from the hard wood floors (mostly). I can think of nothing more relaxing than sitting in my oversized chair enjoying the surround sound of rain and thunder.
Without a connection to nature we’re more likely to be afraid of bugs and stay cooped up inside our cars, homes, and office buildings. And if we really lose sight of the benefits of nature, we may start to trash the landscape and use up more than our share of the natural resources. Without a regular dose of nature, we’re more likely to feel stressed. Spending time in nature has a dramatic calmative effect.
As I started this description about why it’s important to have a connection with nature, a loud clap of lightening enlivened me (read: startled me). What a great way to revive one’s energy. I was getting a little sleepy on the drive home….until the rain hit. Now I’m alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic – just like the Girl Scout song says. I found several renditions of this song on youtube – from many different cultures. I thought I was the only one who thinks that song is cool! And fun!
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