A Sense of Wonder

From The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson- 

“What is the value of preserving and strengthening this sense of awe and wonder, this recognition of something beyond the boundaries of human existence? Is the exploration of the natural world just a pleasant way to pass the golden hours of childhood or is there something deeper?

I am sure there is something much deeper, something lasting and significant. Those who dwell, as scientists or layman, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Whatever the vexations or concerns of their personal lives, their thoughts can find paths that lead to inner contentment and to renewed excitement in living.

Those that contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—-the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

In this lovely piece of writing by Rachel Carson over sixty years ago, she reminds us about those simple but important lessons for adults to share with children that are not in the classroom and not with words. The magic and mysteries of the night sky, a walk in the woods, thundering waves on the beach and running through patches of wet reindeer moss in the forest can teach us more about this sacred planet Earth than pages we read in a book.  It’s just a matter of placing ourselves “under the influence of earth, sea and sky and their amazing life.”

We hope you will join us for some time in nature during this year’s Earth Walk. Go to our website for information on how to register, donate, or volunteer.

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