We are all connected to the earth in countless ways. Not only do we rely on the nutrients and chemicals produced by the myriad natural cycles going on around us, but we also have deep emotional and spiritual connections to the planet too. Sometimes it is easy to forget how intimately linked we are and we see ourselves as somehow outside of nature. In this episode, we take some time to reestablish our awareness of this connection by focusing specifically on our biological dependencies on the environment. You will be taken through the different steps of some of the cycles that keep us alive today: the nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon, and hydrological cycles. You’ll discover the magic of how each of these processes filter nutrients in ways that make these otherwise unreachable elements accessible to humans.
In every description, we will also learn how each cycle is under threat by human-made processes, which equates to humans harming themselves at the end of the day. Toward the end, we devote some time to the inspired prose of Joanna Macy, John Seed, writers who have woven the interconnectedness between humans and nature into intricately beautiful imagery. We hear an excerpt from Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods book that reflects on the changing relationship that children have with their surroundings. Follow along as we remind ourselves of the divine complexity that nourishes us biologically each day, and how our emotional and spiritual senses intuit the threat to this connection.
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