One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. – Shakespeare
I love the idea of the whole world being related, being kin. I guess that’s because I do think we’re all related. Not genetically, although scientists have gotten pretty good at tracing our lineage back to species-specific beginnings. Interesting, sure, but in my book the primary way we’re all related is through our hearts and souls. That’s where we’re all connected. That’s where we’re all kin.
For humans, the physical arena of the masculine principle is where we learn many necessary lessons and make our way in life. The arena of love and mystery embraced by the feminine principle is about connection. And when both individualization and connection are in balance, the human experience can soar.
But there’s more to it than that. It turns out that Shakespeare was a pretty wise dude, whoever he really was, because time in nature is one of the easiest ways to connect with our hearts and souls, which then makes it easier to connect with everyone else. So he’s right, we can feel our kinship with everyone through nature. Even better, though, is that if we let ourselves, we will feel our kinship with everything through nature, too.
The truth is that we’re connected to the trees, the oceans, the ants, the rocks. Everything. And whether that connection is just based on the fact that the totality of the world has a physical component, or there’s a deeper reality to it, well, that’s up to each individual to decide. But no one can argue against the interconnectivity of our planet anymore, regardless of the level.
In this day and age, to reclaim balance it seems extremely important to acknowledge that nature is a major doorway through which connection can occur. And then, of course, we need to spend time with her and make sure she stays healthy. No planet, no life, no us.
Seek Balance: Do you feel connected to nature? How does that manifest for you?
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