“You will find more lessons in the woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you what you cannot learn from masters.”
~ St. Bernard of Clairvaux
As I take my first wobbly steps (or keyboard strokes) of this new adventure, I can’t help but wonder: what is this really about? What am I really trying to do here and what am I hoping to achieve?
Does a beaver have a clear sense of what a dam will look like when he or she starts to gather sticks?* I suspect that she begins simply by acting on an urge, or perhaps a deeper knowing, and does what comes naturally. Over time, a structure emerges, and in the end it turns out that every stick and stone is important.
The essential theme I’m exploring here is nature connectedness. In many ways, I see this website as the container which holds and documents my own exploration of nature and connection, be that through myth and science, journey and experience, theory and practise.
The irony of attempting to connect with nature by means of a website and from behind a computer screen is not at all lost on me. If nothing else, it’s worth a giggle or two and I take full responsibility for building the Trickster energy into the very foundations of this project. I also sense a deeper meaning and alignment in sharing my adventure in the web of life via the technological web as a medium with the potential to reach and perhaps even touch others. With all that said, I’m doing what feels right and am following my instincts.
The inspiration for everything that might emerge here will always come directly out of the wilderness; much of my time is spent outdoors, riding the horse, walking the dog, running free, drumming around a bonfire or simply breathing, being and noticing the world around me. Surrounded by nature is where I feel happiest and truly at home. For me, nature is the place where the longing ends and the belonging begins.
So this is a beginning, action taken on the back of passion. I’m sure that this path has been trodden many times before, but that’s okay. As far as I’m concerned, nature connection should be revisited and honoured over and over and over again. And there is always a small chance, just maybe, that I might capture something from an unfamiliar angle at some point along the way. For now, I’ll just trust that every word, every insight, every experience I share here will somehow come together to reveal a (dam) coherent story over time.
Right, that’s me out the door for now; I’ve got sticks and inspirations to hunt down.
*I had to google whether dams are built by male or female beavers; it turns out they build them together!