Forest Bathing: Feeling Smaller than the Caterpillars

“We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.” ―

Albert Einstein

It has been awhile since I have been on a walk―I came to my local trail for the first time since fall started. Most of my October was filled with sickness, but fortunately it was also filled with Halloween cheer.

I went to my favorite trail on the perfect Friday afternoon. The sun was glowing through the Red Maple leaves as though they were stained glass. The crickets were chirping, and the lake smelled just slightly briny―it was a good smell.

Red Maple in Early Evening

The whole experience astral projected me out of the real world for a moment and reminded me just how microscopic I am compared to the caterpillars, red cardinals, the ants, and the squirrels.

As a human being, I am no longer part of the Earth’s ecosystem. I serve no purpose but to extract, defile, and demean. I leave behind very little for Earth to use. But not just me―all of us.

As people, we have lost our connection to nature compared to the animals of the planet.

I watched this caterpillar for a while. It was beautiful with neon skin and glowing little spots. I initially thought it was a cankerworm, but now I don’t know. If anyone knows what this is, please let me know in the comments!

I hope one day we will be forced to consume less―to not operate as cogs in a wheel forced to extract, defile, and demean, but to transform into assets in an ecosystem of birth, death, and rebirth, rebuilding nature as the hearth that sustains us, and not tearing it down into a pit of flames and acid.

If I Could Walk Forever

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