Posted on 8/15/2016 by Mark Hutchinson, Partner at WEO Media
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein
"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction." - E. O. Wilson
Do you like the sandy beach better than the snowy mountains? Do wide-open spaces give you a peaceful feeling or do you feel most at home while hiking through the canyons?
Although humans excel at creating structures and order within our environments we have always lived in the natural world and will always be connected to it in both obvious and mysterious ways. In the last week I’ve been having conversations about which specific natural places are special to me personally and why. It is an interesting line of thinking.
Is it those natural settings that remind us of something or is it something they provide for us? At least in the conversations I’ve had, the preferences are not uniform from person to person and the meaning is often connected to a unique personal history. The common thread – there are powerful effects we all find in certain natural spaces. What are those places for you?
Einstein was a pretty smart guy and, even though many of his thoughts were quite lofty, much of his thinking was pragmatic and grounded in the idea that the universe itself is available to us for both learning and personal meaning.
Challenge yourself to look deeper into the natural world this week. What parts or places resonate with you? Then ask yourself why?