Most of us have a real misconception about the sense of touch. We tend to associate it primarily with the fingers, as though the rest of our bodies were inert and unfeeling…If you are out in nature, I recommend that you shed as much clothing as possible…most people keep themselves cut off from all but the grossest sensations of nature for fear of discomfort. Part of this is that they wear too much clothing and carry too much gear…Pick a situation in which you can expose your entire body-without clothes-to the sensations of a natural environment…just lie in the rain and let the water splash and wash over you. Try to relax completely. Feel the initial chill,the reaction of the body as skin tightens and goosebumps form. Don’t resist your feelings. Don’t try to make them different. Just accept them without judgement; and when you have truly given in to them, notice how invigorating it is to be free from limiting thoughts. There are many other possibilities for this exercise. You might try diving into an alpine lake, sitting under a waterfall, or rolling in a meadow…the real fool is the person who stays encapsulated and comfortable and misses the feeling of connection with the earth.
Tom Brown, Jr., Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking
(One of the books I’ve read several times, and which helped me form my connection to the Earth and the beings which occupy it.)
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.Rumi (via sad-sad-kiddie)