“The cut worm forgives the plow” – William Blake
The worm is one of the mysterious critters that can heal and rebuild itself through direct contact with nature. A worm cut in half can miraculously become two by feeding, burying and rebirthing themselves through the elements of the earth.
Our homework this week is to spend time communicating with nature. Allow yourself to go on a hike or a walk, have a meal outside or sit in a park with a journal. Spend time listening to the sounds and feeling the textures that harvest your environment. By connecting ourselves with nature we find a sense of peace with our hectic every day surroundings that can be diluted by 21st century technology. It is important that we, like the worm, allow nature clean the wounds that have been caused by a disconnect from the larger reality.
This can be done physically as well by using natural products and eating clean foods to nourish the body. Spend this week being conscious of every organic element that occupies your life and how it has affected your mood and spirit. And if nothing else, be kind to nature and take care of the earth, since she is the one we can rely on to take care of us.
By Lori Gottlieb