It was no surprise when I began researching our interconnectedness to nature for my book, “Connection with 48 Natural Contemplations,” now on Amazon.com, that science would back me up.
From the book:
- “And so, one key finding is that we need to start looking at nature and learning from it and respecting it,” Bhayik Bakshi, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio State, said.
- Elizabeth Howell wrote, “For decades, science popularizers have said humans are made of stardust and now, a new survey of 150,000 stars shows just how true the old cliché is: Humans and their galaxy have about 97 percent of the same kind of atoms, and the elements of life appear to be more prevalent toward the galaxy’s center.”
- The amniotic fluid in which you floated as a fetus was salty, like the sea. And, as Andrew Schafer, a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College notes, our blood plasma has a concentration of salt and other ions that is remarkably similar to sea water. And as our Earth is about 71% water; so are our bodies.
- Another study indicates that we heal faster when among the trees. “We find that having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger. We also find that having 11 more trees in a city block, on average, decreases cardio-metabolic conditions in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $20,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $20,000 higher median income or being 1.4 years younger,” the study’s authors note.
The first inkling I had on this interconnected business was in 2004 when I was in treatment for breast cancer. I told my oncologist that I was slipping out from Santa Fe, NM for a bit, and going to go hang out at the beach. The oncologist, who reminded me of a Norman Rockwell character of a doctor, said, “Excellent idea. The ocean is our primordial connection. But don’t get a sunburn!”
Deep inside, I knew that already from all those times when I was in the salty Pacific Ocean along the California coast when I felt like Neptune’s beloved maiden of the sea.
That post cancer treatment visit allowed me to open up my pores, my heart, my soul, and release the bindings of perceived rationality. I healed, shed proverbial dead skin, and began a new way of living, after a long haul of getting through life’s work and challenges.
This freedom of spirit grew until November 2016. Like a Star Wars character, I sensed a change—and not a change for the greater good. Spouse and I went to the desert to hike and retreat from the daily news. (I am a confirmed news junkie.) As I write in my book, “Deserts are another one of nature’s metaphors to human life…Deserts represent the extreme, with vast vistas that can bring peace or even death… Connectedness reigns, and vision expands.”
When we returned to our beach home, I began connecting the dots of us humans to nature. Walks through the forest reminded me of my lifelong affinity for trees. I felt the strength they offered. And at home, it was where I studied the art/gift of compassion, and put it to work in my daily life.
For months I crawled out from bed at 4 a.m. to savor the morning silence and write the beginnings of this book. The process surprised me. There were times when I felt as if an outside entity was whispering ideas and contemplations to me as my fingers clicked away at the laptop keyboard.
Midway through December 2017, my world shattered and fell apart. A diagnosis of a rare cancer without a cure came my way. How unfair! WTF! Why? “Connection” went fallow.
Two and half years later I remain in treatment and I’m okay. With few treatment options my oncologist suggested that I consult with a shamanic healer. So I did. She opened a door to a truth that I never once recognized. Once I digested the truth, wrote about it, then burned the paper with that truth, not only did this proverbial door open, but it opened wide and let the breeze in to refresh my inner self. It was then I went back to writing with the goal to publish “Connection” no matter what.
The more I wrote my final thoughts in the book, the better I physically felt. Now I’m inspired to take those other unfinished books sitting fallow in my computer and get them ready to publish. In a perfect world a New York publisher would pick up my work. Unfortunately I know how long that process takes. The world is changing and I’m unsure how far this change will go, so I’m taking control of my words and ideas and putting them out there for those with an interest.