My fiancé and I were walking through Golden Gate Park on a cold and crisp Saturday afternoon. We walked through one of the ten lakes the park offers, each finely equipped with its own distinct character. On our way, we were pleasantly ambushed in unison by squirrels, ducks, finches, and a swimming raccoon. I’m not sure how the conversation started, but through the course of it, my better half brought up the term biomimicry.
Sawubona is a term the Zulu people of South Africa use as a greeting. However, it’s a term that has a much deeper meaning. Sawubona means not only do I see you but my ancestors see you, and together, we acknowledge and recognize one another; we are both present in this time and place as one.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” — John Muir
When I’m in around nature, I become centered. The rat race temporarily vanishes. Each moment spent amongst the trees has a big lesson behind it. In nature’s silence, I’m able to hear a tune that only the heart can decipher.
Everything is part of nature. Even the cities with all of the human innovation are part of nature. However, for this article, I am looking at nature in its originality.
Mother nature selflessly takes everybody in, excludes no one, and keeps on giving.
Take a tree for example. A tree gives shade to all that grace its presence and not once does it ask for acknowledgment of any kind.