The ways in which we can experience Nature are many..moving thru the mountains is one way to do it..personally i love to ski in places where few people go..walking in the forest is another way..picking mushrooms or observing flowers..or the changing colours of the seasons..any one of these activities can put us in touch with the natural world.
But just the experience of light alone, even in an urban environment..on the street outside your front door, can offer quite a deep contact with the cosmos that transcends us. The late morning sunrise at this time of year makes for a real spectacle..not only in mountains and forests but also between blocks and on pavements.
Several mornings recently i have found myself playing with the shadows and the slopes in the streets near my house on the way home from dropping my son to school..à la Giacometti!
Also pretty apt for this time of year from a Celtic point of view..the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced ‘sau-in’), which corresponds to modern Halloween, celebrated the beginning of the dark time or the dark half of the year. For the Celts it was also something like ‘new year’ as they saw the year starting in darkness, with – months later – the light and new life springing from the dark.
Speaking of the dark, observing the night sky is of course another wonderful way to connect with the cosmos that surrounds and constitutes us..but unfortunately this is not so easy to do – at least not on a regular basis – for most urban dwellers. However we have not yet taken the daylight away from ourselves..so, on bright mornings, get out there and enjoy!