***Note: Filipa is a beautiful and gentle soul. A woman after my own heart, she shares my passion for Mother Earth. She is the own of The Nature Freedom website and facebook page. In today’s guest post, she share her insights on connecting with the essence of Mother Earth. I had the pleasure of participating in her Living Nature e-Course a couple of months ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Contemplations on The Essence of Mother Earth
Ana Filipa Piedade
The train moves as I write. Suddenly, I stop moving my pen on the yellowish paper and look through the window. Outside, the darkness falls slowly over the land. It’s a beautiful sight and I stare indefinitely, observing the beautiful patterns, the mysterious shadows and shapes, and the lights of a distant city. A gentle breeze makes the trees’ branches dancing and I close my eyes gently, breathing in and holding my breath for a couple of seconds. In a instant, I feel refreshed, grounded and connected to the Earth.
Nature has always been my source of life lessons, comfort and inspiration. Since an early age that I have always tried to get closer to Mother Earth and, as I grew up, this need to spend more and more time outdoors in the wilderness only became stronger and clearer. My spiritual journey has always been connected to the Earth, therefore to the wild lands, the skies, the sun, the elements, the animals, the plants, the trees and all living beings. True, I explored many different spiritual practices along my life, however, they all ended up telling me the same: Nature is the core of my spiritual path. And as I learned and explored myself and the natural world, I started to realize that I need to believe in no gods or supernatural forces, for Mother Earth is already beautiful, powerful and a source of love and inspiration in herself, and more than that, she is real and tangible for everyone, no matter other beliefs or walks of life we might have. Spending time in Nature is all I need to feel connected and grounded, loved and inspired. Nature nurtures my body, mind and soul, and she teaches me to nurture her back with all my heart.
Even though we tend to forget it, Humans are animals. The realization of this amazing fact leads us to another incredible understanding: that we are not simply connected to Nature for living on this planet, but actually we are Nature and part of the huge and wonderful family that makes Nature. Every dog, elephant, crow, oak, stinging nettle and mosquito; every animal, plant, tree, fungi, even every bacteria and virus, are part of our family. We are all related, and we all share this world together. We all belong to the great circle of life. And this circle is the most beautiful and meaningful proof of our interconnectedness, for every life gives life, and every death brings life to the top of this Earth.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ana Filipa Piedade has a deep connection with Nature and she is feels inspired to use this connection to help others finding their own path towards Nature and the Divine. She is the owner of The Nature Freedom website (previously called Tender Nature) and facebook page. She offers the Living Nature e-Course, a 4 -week course that helps participants deepen their connection with Nature on variously levels, including spiritually. You can find out more about her and her work: