Nature Spirituality: Ways to Connect with your Wild Heart
Are you a wild-hearted soul?
Do you love the wilderness and long to stride through emerald forests, over wide open moors, and across misty mountaintops?
Can you hear the siren call of the sea, and do you feel a bone-deep kinship with mother nature?
For as long as I can remember, I have loved the natural world around me and the lush Celtic landscapes of my ancestors.
Many of my relatives sailed across the choppy waters of the Irish Sea during the potato famine, arriving on the banks of the River Mersey to make their homes in Liverpool - the city where I was born and raised, and the place that always feels like home.
I've long been proud of my heritage, my roots, and where I come from - and as I've got older, I've become deeply interested in the wisdom of my Celtic forebears.
Something in my Celtic soul really chimes with nature spirituality and with wild-hearted mysticism.
Since losing my mum, I've found that nature offers me a gentle sense of being 'mothered', of being 'held' - something that I lost when my mum died.
Nature gives us so much - and to me, it is sacred, carrying within it the imprint of the divine.
Yet the environment in which we live has so often been used simply as a resource.
The Celtic mindset, though, along with many other nature-loving cultures around the globe, recognised the inherent value of the natural world, and approached the land in a spirit of relationship rather than of exploitation.
In Celtic myth, legend and folklore, nature is holy, and the body of the goddess is often interwoven with the lush green landscape.
When we view the earth in such a way - as conscious, alive, and containing within it a divine spark - then how can we not think that the way that we treat the earth matters?
If we see the land as something with inherent value, and as something we are in relationship with, this felt-sense of nature spirituality deepens, and the way that we interact with the wild places of the planet becomes different too - gentler, kinder, and more thoughtful.
The Celts were animists, believing that everything had a soul or spiritual essence - and just as nature is interwoven with the divine, so too are we.
There is no separation between us and the wildness outside our window.
The starry night sky and the soft silver moon, the warmth of the sun and the wild crashing sea, the thunder and storm - all are pathways to the wild divine.
Every moment of our lives is a prayer, a hymn to the holy wild - from throwing open our curtains and letting in the light to taking a walk in the woods.
So I invite you, today, to let just a touch of the sacredness of nature flow into your world and to notice how it makes you feel - and to notice, too, how different you feel in relation to this holy earth.