Teaching Attunement

(extract from Sentient Parenting)

Human beings have a real primordial need for a connection to something bigger than ourselves. We need to have a relationship with our physical world - a sense of interconnectedness with the universe around us. After all, Man is essentially an animal and Nature is his natural environment.  Even if we accept that he has developed and grown out of the wild, we must acknowledge his need to visit occasionally, to reconnect, and to rejuvenate himself. 

As a twenty first century society, we seem to have forgotten our basic need to have a symbiotic relationship with our living, breathing earth. Perhaps humans are just like cut flowers – beautiful to behold, but guaranteed to fade, lose their colour and die if cut off from nature and not replenished. A return to nature is a primitive, primordial need.  It sounds quite rational and sensible.  In fact, it sounds like an intelligent response, and it presents a very workable solution to the stress of trying to cope with the demands of a chaotic modern world. It makes logical sense that if we are stressed out, strung out and worn out and burnt out, that we need time out
Within Nature, we are able to Quieten our thoughts and be comfortable within a space.  We can take the time to value quiet words like Serenity and Simplicity and Silence - one can hear clearer in Silence.   And Nature allows us to live in the Now.  She gives us a sense of mindfulness, of living within the moment - not wishing or wanting or expecting anything more than what the moment is giving us.

We need to teach our children the importance of being grounded within their physical world. We need to show them how to be grounded in Nature, so that they can be in turn grounded in their own lives. We need to remind them that the natural world, with all of her rhythms and rituals,  turns perfectly well without us (a very good lesson for the more egocentric narcissists among us). Nature reminds us that there is a great deal bigger than me, and more lasting than me.  Time spent with her reminds me of my place within her, my dependence upon her.  She teaches us about chaos living alongside order, about the cycle of life following death, about random beauty for its own sake.  Nature reminds us that ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1), and that alone is a powerful, valuable lessons for our kiddies to learn.


This extract is part of an on-going project to link like- minded thinkers.  It is from a manuscript called Sentient Parenting that I am hoping to have published in the new year.

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