Vibin' With Nature


Curious Sunshine thrives on shining a light on the quirky and unique magic of life! Plants are some of the most peculiar beings on Earth. In addition to they’re majestic aesthetic, their ability to clean our air and provide medicinal properties there is a more curious side of nature that has been examined and celebrated throughout human histories. This lens offers a look into nature with deep curiosity and wonder.


Ideologies



Deep Ecology- Coined by Arne Naess, an environmental philosophy and social movement that highlights the necessity in change of the EGO based paradigm, to ECO based. Deep ecological immersion and questioning. (deepecology.org)



Biophilia- E.O. Wilson theorized that humans have an innate loving connection to nature


Animism- Ancient indigenous spiritual beliefs that object, places and beings contain a spiritual energy. All beings, even words and handmade items are animated and alive with energy. This belief system shows up in various ways in African, Japan, Latin American, and

Chinese cultures.


Ecoself- Contrary to that of the Ego, the ecoself changes the dialogue from “I” to “We” as they view is centered around the self

in confluence with the other beings of nature and how to work alongside them instead of separate.


Biomimicry- Designing and developing ideas and concepts that take inspiration and work with aspects of natural processes and

beings


Benefits of Being Around Nature


• boosts the immune system and accelerates recovery

• lowers blood pressure

• reduces stress

• improves mood

• increases ability to focus

• accelerates recovery

• increases energy level and improves sleep


• increase productivity

• indoor plants make spaces more attractive

• clean the air and reduce noise levels

• they can boost creativity

• cultivate mindfulness and presence

• encourage meta cognition (viewing from bird’s eye, being aware of one’s own awareness)

• overall appreciation and gratitude



Ways to Connect More with Nature


• Earthing (being barefoot on the Earth to receive electrons that benefit the body)

• Going out for a walk, dwell, hike or picnic outside

• Forest therapy (Shinrin Yoku)

• Mindfulness and meditation techniques

• Indoor Plants

• Gardening (indoor herb gardens, community plots)

• Talking or singing to plants, rocks, and waters (They can hear you!)

• Tuning into their vibrations as you tune into your own (Quantum Theory: Everything has vibrations and energy)

• Learn about land history, local herbs, ancient stories

• Connect with your own ancestral connections (what herbs and plants did your ancestors have access to?)

• Incorporation more plants into our diet


Curious to Dive Deeper?


Resources


Books

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth - Stephen Harrod Buhner

Black Faces, White Spaces - Carolyn Finney

The Herbalist - Joseph E. Meyer

Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth -James Lovelock

Black on Earth: African American Ecoliterary Traditions - Kimberly N Ruffin

Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry -Camille T Dungy

Ecological and Social Healing -Jeanine Canty

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants - Robin Wall Kimmerer

Women who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype -Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Native Science - Gregory Cajete


Film

• Samsara (2012)

• Wild (2014)

• Lorax (2012)

• Ferngully (1992)

• Wall-E (2008)

• Avatar (2009)

• The 11th Hour (2007)

• Before the Flood (2016)

• Princess Mononoke

• Planet Earth

• Our Planet (2019)

• The Last Mimzy (2007)

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