Genesis 2:7 ”Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”
Human beings have a deep connection with the earth. Our very origins were built from the dust of the ground. God reached down into the dirt and formed us using the earthy clumps that He scooped into His hands. Molding it like clay He fashioned us into an image that resembled His. God pulled the lifeless dirt clump close to His face where He gently blew on it. As sand scatters in a windstorm, the dirt crumbled away revealing a living, breathing human being laying in the hands of God, staring back into his creators eyes.
We are connected with the earth because we are part of the earth – our very structure is earth.
Genesis 2:8 “Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.”
The first thing God did after bringing man to life was plant a garden and place the man inside of it to live. A very natural and serene place with a variety of trees, grass and vegetation – it would have been the perfect place to inhabit. It would have been paradise. Certainly God understood the bond humans have with their natural surroundings – from the breeze rustling through the leaves, to the crystal waters rushing through rivers, to the bending of the grass beneath bare feet. This would also explain why gardening is one of the most popular hobbies – we connect with it.
Genesis 2:9 “The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit.”
Our connection to the earth is so deep that even the fruit of the trees that spring up from the earth were meant for our consumption so that we could satisfy our hunger and gain nutrition. We are earth and we eat what the earth produces.
Nature revitalizes us. The earth recharges us. This is the reason we feel so relaxed and calm when we are out in the wilderness. Imagine the serenity of a breezy meadow, a redwood forest, or a lake in the mountains. Even the images of these places are soothing, this is why we take pictures of them and plaster the images on calenders or post cards.
Unfortunately these days we have traded out the peace and serenity of outdoor living for depressing and enslaving habitations of steel and cement. We’ve erected massive cities that blot out the night stars and paved over the revitalizing greenery and wildlife. We trap ourselves in cubicles and buy vegetables in a can. We’re lucky to see sunlight, let alone anything green outdoors.
We have to get back to our roots – for the sake of our sanity and health. We need to get up and get out into our natural habitats. We should take more walks through a forest, more swims in the ocean, more hikes in the mountains. We should grow more gardens and eat more vegetables. If you want to heal, then you need to reconnect with the earth. You know that on a deep, spiritual and mystical level it’s true – because you are earth and nature is tugging at your soul.