Monday 21 March 2011

Back to nature

Yay...I've just reclaimed another Sunday!

It's beginning to feel as though my Sundays now truly belong to me instead of belonging to the machine. By 'machine', I mean the 'system', or the 'merry-go-round' that has somehow got to the stage where it is going so fast that we are frightened to jump off. In fact, for most of us, the merry-go-round has actually become our main point of reference. We seem to have forgotten that there's life outside...or that there was ever life before the machine. It is my belief that this is what's making us sick.

So far, I've only had the courage to jump off on Sundays, but already I'm moving further away each week from what I had previously come to think of as normal. I'm becoming more and more aware of how disconnected we are from the natural world and how desperately our souls are longing for us to reconnect. It seems bonkers that we are the only living beings on the face of the earth that fight so hard every day to go against what is good and healthy for us.

Nature is amazing! She heals, nurtures and sustains us...whilst we, for the most part, completely ignore her. When we're not ignoring Nature we're trying to control, harness or dominate her. If only we could collectively remember that we are all a part of nature rather than apart from nature, I truly believe we could solve many of the problems we are experiencing today.

Going off-grid on Sundays and spending just one day a week without using a car, mobile, money or computer is a drop in the ocean compared to those who have jumped off the merry-go-round to live completely off-grid, but it's changed my point of reference for ever. Spending 24 hours without knowing what o'clock it is has reconnected me to nature's cycles of day and night; sitting without the usual stimulus of electrical appliances has taught me to still my buzzing mind; and walking for hours in the woods and on the hills has opened up a whole new world of sounds, smells and sights. I've got a long way to go, but my new point of reference is 'Nature' and it feels pretty good!

It's quite hard to put what I feel about what I'm experiencing on a deeper level in a short blog, so I hope all that makes sense if anyone's reading it?

If you, also, are wondering how the human race became so disconnected from nature, you might enjoy reading 'The Ascent of Humanity' by Charles Eisenstein.  It's by far the most thought provoking book I've ever read.

Here's a link to a series of short videos of Charles Eisenstein speaking about our disconnection...

Have a beautiful week! x


  1. Sounds like a fabulous idea, and I wish I could follow your example. Am now following your blog and am looking forward to your posts. I love bees too :O) x

  2. I've just started following your off-grid Sunday adventures, and they sound wonderful. My spouse recently suggested doing Earth Hour every week rather than once a year. We accordingly turned off all the lights, computers, and other appliances and sat in the dark talking at 8:30 last night. It was oddly calming just to be sitting in the dark, not fiddling with anything electronic.

  3. you are an inspiration,love the kelly kettle vid!

  4. Thank you for the comments. I keep forgetting to write my blog at the moment....been spending so much time outside in nature that it's hard to come back to the modern world!

    I can feel another blog post coming on soon though..... :o)

  5. Top site. Something we should all aspire to

  6. Thank you for sharing actions you're taking to become reconnected to Nature.

    I started reading thinking I'm off grid usually, but realized that I'm staying connected and focusing on time so much more than I used to. Hopefully I can utilize your inspiration to make change in my own life.

  7. The electrician who installed the supply at my grottage thought I was raving mad to keep my little c\amping solar panels. Apart from the eco point of view, I much prefer the soft light they deliver and use them whenever I can in preference to the gird. Apart from anything, I don't believe in paying EDF for something Mother Nature kindly gives me for nothing!

    I also, whenever I can, prefer to cook using windfall twigs on my rocket stove than using mains power to do so.

    Again it's a small drop in the ocean but apart from the economics, the pleasure I get from gathering twigs on my dog walks and putting them to good use is simply enormous.