~ Winnebago saying
Our urge to co-create with Mother Nature has been with us since time immemorial. This impulse lies in the need to be connected to something greater than ourselves.
Gardening enhances a heightened sense of empathy and expands our awareness of non-human life. When we garden, we see how the lowly earthworm is as important as the forest.
This, in turn, leads to an oceanic feeling that we are one with Nature. Arne Naess, the Norwegian philosopher, called this expanded sense of self, ‘the ecological self’:
"We are not outside the rest of nature and therefore cannot do with it as we please without changing ourselves … we are a part of the ecosphere just as intimately as we are a part of our own society.."
The ecological self sees Nature as a conduit to the cosmos. As the 19th century traveler and nature lover, W. H. Hudson, wrote in his evocative, turn of the century book, ‘The