The marsh is part of nature, an open space that is controlled by natural forces and laws. As such, the marsh and all other open spaces are displays of the wisdom of nature. When we see open spaces, our hearts emerge beyond our minds and we experience well being and wonder. In other places where nature is not so open and we exert human control, we experience the force of our thoughts and fixations, covering over our links with nature. We do not manage nature. We manage humans in nature. So in our lives there is this dynamic between open nature and human engineering. We claim control and dominion over nature and call ourselves good stewards of the land. How can we control nature, that is so much more cohesive and potent than our wandering consciousness? We are part of nature and our control is only illusory, allowed by open nature. We are separate from nature only in our self-minds.
So people tell me that you can “love nature to death”. I see that it is more the case that nature loves us to death. We are born and die in vast nature. Nature is not born or dying, only moving like a stream in its bed to the ocean. In places where we exert our human logic, science, objectification, and machines such as cities, towns, villages, natural resource extractions (farms, fishing, timber, and mining), and wars, we hide nature’s potency and call it human civilization and domination. During “time off”, we commune with nature in open spaces and enjoy the lasting benefits of “free” air, water, and care-free thoughts and emotions. Nature is an expression of the vast potency of life that is beyond our abilities to understand and predict. When we set aside lands and waters as open space, we allow our true nature to exist in harmony with human activity.
Walk along a path or road near open space. There is often trash along the path. You may have a gut reaction of disgust, asking who would throw away that trash, there? You separate yourself from the trash and look up to the beauty of open space. But are you separate? That person who trashed your beautiful space is your relative, in your human family. Why do you reject them? The trash is part of open space too. We can learn to see how everything is part of us. We can teach each other the value of accepting what is, caring for each other in ways that support nature, and not fighting like children in the school yard. Someone threw the trash away on the path because they were in a trash mood, having a trash emotion. By giving them open space, they can brighten their mood and have the emotions of love and compassion. By turning our minds to open space, we can guide each other and teach the values of air, water, health, and peace, things that cannot and are not bought and sold in the human market places.
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