When we connect with nature, whether that is plants or animals, whatever, we become conscious and we become awake.
It allows us to transcend the thinking mind, to step away from the time-bound dimension of ‘normal’ life and free ourselves to be at one with all that is. To simply appreciate the beauty of nature, the still, peaceful, and conscious.
Animals and plants can be great spiritual teachers, they can teach us about just being and about stillness. They do not form judgements of themselves or others, they know only the time as ‘now’, as that is all there ever is and ever will be.
When we learn and connect with nature, we are at peace, we feel inner joy, we allow ourselves to just be.
The shape of coral in the sea, the veins on a leaf, the network of rivers, the branches on a tree are the same design as a human lung. That tells you how we are all one, all connected and in our mind-controlled unconscious state we disconnect from that and we suffer accordingly.
My dog, Cookie, has a great life. For her it is always now, always the present moment, there is no projection into the future, care-free, no repeating mind patterns, no opinions of herself or me or others, no judgements, just unconditional love.
Amazing though as humans we look at animals and say things like ‘oh it must be boring’ or ‘it’s tough for animals’ and so on. Of course, any living soul has its challenges and for animals, they have to seek food to survive. Well Cookie doesn’t, she simply looks cute, scratches at the cupboard door where her food is kept, and boom, there is another sachet of dog food.
Animals, if they maybe look at us, might say ‘look at those humans, off to work, stuck in traffic, always wanting more and suffering all their lives from their minds’. Cookie doesn’t lay there on the sofa anxiously thinking ‘oh, that was the last sachet of food in the box, what if they don’t go to the shops, I’ll starve, I might even die’ or ‘him, the big one he’s not working, what if they can’t afford to buy more food?’ and so on. She sleeps soundly on the sofa enjoying the moment with inner peace.
Humans live mainly in the unreal unconscious dimension of the mind and its endless thought patterns and resulting suffering, never appreciating this moment and the joy of it. Animals live in the conscious real-world dimension of now, free from the burden of thought and interestingly we can choose to live in that dimension too.