Man Craves the Outdoors


Have you noticed how people crave the outdoors? It doesn’t matter what the excuse, it can be anything from a simply walk, vigorous sports or lazy sun bathing, but people need to get out of buildings and connect with nature.

It has been an especially long, cold winter and spring in Canada this year. After one week of warmth, we endured another cold stretch. Today, though, is the beginning of the Victoria Day long weekend. Everyone seems to be excited; it is warming up once again. Cars jammed the highways last night, as people rushed to escape into the countryside, shop for bedding plants or open cottages.

Man was never meant to live surrounded by concrete. There is a vital rejuvenating energy in nature that restores and heals our emotions and our inner spirits.  It is a divine energy. God, who is  in all, is most accessible and visible in nature. Even if we can’t express this concept, some unconscious part of us pushes us out the door and into the arms of nature.

Mother’s day was cold last weekend, although my very grown-up kids  still followed tradition and came bearing hanging flower baskets and bedding plants, we ending up cutting and stacking wood and not digging in cold, wet soil like other years.  So with the rest of the country, I can’t wait to get outside and into my gardens. We are fortunate to live on seven acres, with a creek, meandering gardens, a field of clover and lots of trees, deciduous and pine.  Just by looking out our windows,  I can feel the power green as it  flows into my eyes and feeds my soul.

Adam Boras Domingo,  studying for the priesthood, related this anecdote in comments.

I remember the very first weekend I had in our seminary, one of the Indian brothers asked me to remove my sandals as we work on the garden. When asked why, he explained that we are meant to be one with nature and that It’s our natural calling. Though he wasn’t really clear in his explanation, I sort of understood what he was trying to say.

Adam and Eve didn’t have slippers. :)

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30 thoughts on “Man Craves the Outdoors

  1. We’ve had a cold spring, followed by rain (Prayers of thanksgiving sent from the drought regions) and then unseasonably warm days these past 5 –
    And now that things are taking off, I found out….

    My new house has a huge LILAC bush on the corner! Yippee!

    (I’m such a noob, things have to fill out before I say, “Oh Look! That’s a …(fill in the blank)

    Which is why I spent all winter doing nothing on landscaping projects, afraid I’d cover up or get rid of something I actually wanted!… LOL

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  2. Your garden is sooo beautiful and I think you are right about the need for nature. The longer I live in Manhattan (concrete) the more convinced I am of the critical importance of Central Park. I think stress and crime would be much higher without this 843 acre oasis of green.

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      1. Yeah, it actually makes up 6% of Manhattan. It’s an amazing place with a variety of areas–both human and natural. You can find quiet solitude in a woodsy area or join/watch a large group of roller bladers dancing to music on a plaza, If you’re ever in the neighborhood let me know and we’ll go have a picnic 🙂

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  3. You’re so right, Melanie. The saddest thing that can happen to any human being is to lose their connection to nature. People get all bottled up inside themselves, in their thoughts, their problems. We need to see birds, trees, clouds, mountains, streams, all that wildness, open space and freedom.

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  4. I remember the very first weekend I had in our seminary, one of the Indian brothers asked me to remove my sandals as we work on the garden. When asked why, he explained that we are meant to be one with nature and that It’s our natural calling. Though he wasn’t really clear in his explanation, I sort of understood what he was trying to say.

    Adam and Eve didn’t have slippers. 🙂

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      1. You are a missionary. As each child journeys out on their own paths, they bring what you have sown in their hearts and lives with them to sow in others. As you show them God, they too will show others. And let’s not forget the countless lives you’ve touched in your life journey as you’ve revealed God and His grace in yours. You might be the Ananias to a Paul without knowing it. Many, many blessings to you!!!! 🙂

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