Ante and I went for a walk through the Eco Camp yesterday, talking about this past year and how much everything has changed. We’ve grown so much, and in the constant push to advance our plans and ideas, we’ve forgotten how to slow down and just listen.
Getting lost in nature was a great reminder.
Here’s a picture of one of the levels at the camp ~ silvery olive trees, lush green grass, wide open sky. Surrounded by mountains and removed from the commotion of the city, this magical place has a way of stopping time.
It makes you slow down and fill your lungs with the crisp, clean air. It makes you step on the earth with a certain reverence, so as to avoid disturbing the singing birds. It really makes you listen ~ for the faint rustle of the tiny lizards, the buzzing of the bees, the animated chatter of the leaves as the wind passes the stories of its travels through the branches.
And so we did ~ we sat and listened to the sweet hum of nature.
The word “animated” kept swirling around my mind. It comes from the Latin word “anima” ~ which means breath, life, soul. And in that moment, sitting on that grass and taking in that view, I saw the land for what it really is ~ animated. Once you’ve truly felt that pulse of nature, that enchanted liveliness of all its creatures ~ living a sustainable life will the be most normal, effortless impulse.
And that’s what we’re here to create.