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Heart Healing through Nature

A ground-level color photo of a large field of tulips, all with pink and white petals, blowing in the wind.
Tulip Field in Amsterdam, photo by Emmeline Ensign

“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” —Jack Kornfield

“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” —Yoko Ono

When I am feeling despair, nature soothes me. Tall trees, an expanse of sky, chirping birds, and a gentle sunrise or sunset serve to remind me that I am part of something extraordinary on this magnificent planet, our shared Earth home.

Although our journey here as humans can be fraught with family, community, and world strife, we know that is not how it is meant to be. We know we are here—amidst so much natural beauty—to experience love, joy, compassion, and communion with all living creatures.

But we have a lot of healing to do. When I think about all the children dying in wars and all the ongoing, horrific destruction of this planet, my heart hurts. When I think about the hatred we express toward each other in family conflicts, religious conflicts, and ethnic conflicts and toward individuals who are different from ourselves, my heart hurts.

Unhealed people can do a lot of damage.

In my book, “Faith, Hope, Action: Ushering In A New Earth Era, Together,” I mention healing as a necessary step toward helping our global community advance in healthy ways. Much of this healing involves acknowledging those actions that have caused harm; changing these behaviors; and taking some time to grieve.

Our healing, individually and collectively, will lead to healthier behaviors: in our families, in our neighborhoods, and in our world.

We can begin this process by feeling our grief; healing the wounded spaces in our hearts; and centering ourselves in love. Then, we can join together with others who are doing the heartfelt work of healing our Earth home.

Get a copy of “Faith, Hope, Action: Ushering In A New Earth Era, Together,” to learn more.


Peace & Love,

Diana Ensign

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