Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life

Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life

by Patrice Vecchione


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Step outside your door and reconnect with nature. From the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life comes a guide that will replenish your connection to the earth and inspire you to develop and strengthen your imagination.

The natural world has inspired artists, seekers, and thinkers for millennia, but in recent times, as the pace of life has sped up, its demands have moved us indoors. Yet nature’s capacity to lead us to important truths, to invigorate and restore our imagination and equilibrium, is infinite.

Step into Nature makes nature personal again by stimulating awareness and increasing our understanding of the environment. But being in nature doesn’t mean flying off to remote, faraway places. Nature is as close as opening your front door—and opening your heart to the sky above, the miniature gardens that push their way up between the sidewalk cracks in our cities, and the small stream just down the road.

Patrice Vecchione demonstrates how nature can support and enhance your creative output, invigorate your curiosity, and restore your sense of connection to and love of the earth. Included throughout the book is “The Cabinet of Curiosities,” exercises and suggestions for practical and unexpected ways to stimulate your imagination, deepen your relationship with nature, and experience the harmony between creativity and the natural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582705002
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 676,800
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Patrice Vecchione is the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life, as well as two books of poetry. She is also the editor of many highly acclaimed anthologies for children, young adults, and adults. Vecchione has taught creative writing and collage workshops at universities, libraries, in community and spiritual centers, including Esalen Institute, and privately for over thirty years. She also teaches workshops outdoors through parks departments and recreation centers. She lives in Monterey, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: You Come Too xiii

1 The Allure of the Earth: An Ancient Awareness 1

2 A Journey: Nature, Spirit, and Imagination 19

3 What We Carry; All Essentials Neatly in Place, or Not 37

4 The Aliveness of Place: A Sense of Belonging 53

5 To Wander and Wonder: Rove, Meander, Stray 69

6 This Way, Peggy: Losing and Finding Our Way 83

7 A Racing Heart: Fear and the Unknown 93

8 From Feathers to Stars: Finding Your Forms 107

9 Owl-Eye Wings and Shade-Making Cactus: Following Nature's Lead 121

10 Knowing the World and Ourselves: Our Five-Plus Senses 135

11 A Strange Frenzy in My Head: Inspiration and Intuition 153

12 Digging in the Dirt: It's Elemental, After All 169

13 Animal Presence: Swooping Owl and Bounding Fox 183

14 Along Lower Ridge Trail: The Sustenance of Solitude and Silence 201

Conclusion: How the Light Gets In-The Nature of Metamorphosis 221

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 237

Backbone Books: Suggested Reading 251

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