In today’s busy world, forming a real connection with the earth seems almost impossible. Most people spend most of their waking hours indoors, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, even recreational, entertainment, and social activity are confined to a screen and many times even wasting time with porno videos that help further distance us from reality. This leaves us with little opportunity to connect with our surroundings.
If you’ve been feeling especially stressed and anxious lately, it may be due to a lack of exposure to nature. A study published in 2017 found that spending time outside helps reduce stress levels and improve mood. And while we don’t always think about how much time we spend outdoors, research suggests that we could benefit from being out in nature more often.
The term ecology does not refer only to an “outside ecology”, that is, to ecosystems in their unstable balance. It also encompasses an entire “inner ecology”, proper to the human being: the universe of his psyche, of his affections, of his spirituality, of his basic relationships, both with himself and with others, and with the world and with God.
We belong to the Earth, we are sons and daughters of the Earth. We are Earth. The human being comes from humus. We come from the Earth and we will return to the Earth. The Earth is not before us as something distant and different from ourselves. We have the Earth within us. We are the Earth itself that, as we evolve, has reached the stage of feeling, understanding, will, responsibility and veneration. We are the Earth in its moment of self-realization and self-consciousness.