This is the card using intuitive collage last night. I created it to explore my universal human need for nature. Is nature a need necessary for survival as a human? I think it is. This is one of the cards that I am offering for free here. It is so important to me to help spread awareness of #nvc and #needs. I was looking at nature specifically because that is the need of the week for this week in my Facebook group, Cultivating a Practice of Self Love, where we will be exploring a need a week for the coming year.
I am totally in love with the image that came out from within me. This is definitely NOT what I expected to make. But I suppose it's accurate... nature is more than the confines of the Earth.
But what does this have to do with Universal Human Needs?
What became clear to me was the very literal need for nature in order to exist! I was thinking about how our bodies are made up of elements found in stars. The air that we breathe, the water that hydrates us, the minerals that form the building blocks of our bodies, all of these physical components originate in nature.
So quite literally I AM NATURE. I am made up of the stuff that nature is made up of. The idea that I need to get in a car and drive somewhere to get to nature is not factual. I myself am nature.
So, when I am in harmony with my need for nature, I feel connected to all that is. I sense myself as part of the whole of creation. I feel confident, content, warm, safe, and nurtured. I am aware of abundance as the natural state of creation.
When I am disconnected from my need for nature, I feel... in my head, not in my body, ungrounded, depressed, discouraged, demotivated, incapable, overwhelmed, lack, deprived, scarcity, impossible, suicidal.
Currently, I nourish my need for nature by cultivating houseplants. I want to be surrounded by plants AND (not but) I currently live in an apartment with no balcony or outdoor access. So, I have a growing assortment of houseplants. Watering them, repotting them, looking at them, and talking to them helps me to feel happy, grounded, and centered. It helps me to remember that nature is not something that is "outside" but it is everywhere. The materials that made the walls of my apartment, that made everything in my apartment, came from nature. Separation is not real.
My dream vision of perfectly met need for nature would be to live inside a food forest. :D
What can I do this week to nourish my need for nature? One small thing I could do is to challenge myself to swim in the sea near my apartment, even though the water is so cold. It's very invigorating.
What do you think? Is Nature a human need? What's this need like for you in your life currently? What can you do this week to nourish your need for nature? Drop a comment below or tag me @seleneaswell where ever you are on social medial.
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Selene Aswell is a coach, facilitator and community living consultant.