Can we apply the Native American sense of the importance of nature to make our own lives more whole and meaningful?
The importance of nature can be seen in our own lives today as it helps to fulfil our lives, to make our lives more whole and meaningful. I see this in my own life, in which nature, naturally, holds major importance. Whether it be through regular bushwalks, swimming or even picnics – it is something that makes us feel more relaxed and connected with the world around us. It helps us to clear our minds, to relax, to absorb all the nutrients our bodies need to survive and grow. It provides us with crucial elements we need to survive such as food and water. Without nature, there would be no life.
This strong importance of nature can also be seen in Native American culture and writing as they portray the importance of spirituality and the connections they have with nature. Zitkala-Ša demonstrates how important nature is in a quote I thoroughly enjoy. She states that she would “prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers”. The fact that she would prefer this over what many would prefer today, such as money, power and fame, goes to show that nature must provide us with something stronger than what these unnatural aspects of life provide us with. It is this idea and these writings that help us to see the importance of which nature should be held at, and the ways it can truly make our lives feel more whole and meaningful.
Zitkala-Ša, and Susan Rose Dominguez. American Indian Stories. 2nd ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. Print.
Keiley, Joseph. Zitkala-Sa. 2017. Web. 15 Aug. 2017.