The Nature of Things
Until recent times, the human animal lived in very close contact with other animals and with nature. Our survival depended on it. Obviously, we still depend on things in the natural world to survive. We fuel our bodies with things living and growing on the earth. The sun provides us with what we need to create Vitamin D, vital for calcium absorption. In the Eastern traditions, it’s believed that the sun energizes our chi, or life force.
While we no longer have to be out in nature hunting and gathering our food, our bodies yearn for that experience. And spending time with animals can be tremendously instructive. Some share only the reptilian part of our brain. By observing them, we are reminded of the amazing machinery at work in our bodies, and how it will do everything in its power to keep us alive. Our mammalian friends, meanwhile, exhibit herd or pack behavior, just as we instinctively do, and can reflect that part of us back like a mirror. Moreover, animals have an enviable ability to read non-verbal communication. After all, their lives depend on it.
Time spent in nature or in communion with animals can help shed insight on most areas of human existence.