Humanity has the intelligence, love and creativity to make this world a better place, but we are still exploiting the environment and each other. Outside of basic necessities, no amount of money can make a person truly happy. For that, we need to look within. Despite all the success our cities have seen in economic/population growth, rates of depression and anxiety are higher than ever before. In a financial crisis, one can lose everything. Nothing is permanent. Not looks, not life, and certainly not happiness based on material possessions.
But nature has got it figured out. She continually evolves. She recycles. She rests every winter and rejuvenates every spring. The animals don't get sad, or sit around thinking about their life's purpose. They get outside and they do what they need to do to survive. They live.
You too can lead a simpler life, where you get outside, work with your hands, and reap the benefits of the crops you sewed. You can take time to live in the moment and appreciate the mere fact that you are breathing. You can study the plants and learn to adapt like they do with absolutely no effort. Just by letting go and going with the flow.
When I am puzzled about something as complex as people, I look to nature. I ask, why was this trait evolved? Is it still relevant? How can I change my environment to one of less resistance? What do I really need?
I see the beautiful balance of functions of this Earth, from rain cycles to food webs to death and rebirth, and I feel a connection to the Earth and it reminds me how lucky I am to be a part of it. And when I die, I know i will return to the elements that will one day manifest as something else, and I feel eternal.
All this, yet I know the Earth as we know it is at a tipping point thanks to human kind. We are losing so many species in such a short time, we are the cause of Earth's 6th mass extinction. Earth will eventually flourish again when we are long gone, but in the mean time, I think we have a responsibility to look after this planet for ourselves and so future generations can enjoy the same activities and vistas that we have. To cause as little suffering for life (human/plant/animal) as we can.
To restore nature and thus restore ourselves.
There is a movement called Rewilding.
Rewilding can refer to ecosystem rewilding, where native animals, vegetation, and landscapes are restored, leading to optimal ecosystem functioning.
Rewilding can refer to a social movement in which people connect with their more primitive, natural self, by embracing the activites of our ancestors, such as hunting and gathering, walking barefoot, and avoiding distracting and unnecessary technology.
When we stop hurting ourselves, we will stop hurting the environment, and vice versa.
At our home, and our business, we embrace both definitions of the word. We see the connection of rewilding people in order to rewild the environment, and vice versa.
It has been a fulfilling journey so far, and we look forward to sharing our passion with others, in order to help people escape from modern stresses and unnecessary causes of anxiety and depression, while at the same time doing something great for the environment, and taking this philosophy with them.
It's not black and white, and no one is perfect. We are learning ourselves as we go. We are grid-tied but working our way to fully off-grid. I am exercising my green thumb. I am hopeful that we can get a full B&B operating here one day that would function as an even better multi-day retreat and education. I hope to learn and share and inspire... I have all it takes, I just need you.