I had a lovely walk today with all kinds of wild flowers along the path and the lovely water lily pads in the river, which is looking a bit better after yesterday’s welcome rain. I had been thinking about a book I had begun to read concerned with people’s way of understanding the world and their place in it, and how people categorize and classify things in order to make the world an ordered and understandable place.
In the Bible this can be seen at the very beginning, in the account of the 7 days of creation where the key term is bedale, to separate or divide. God separated the light from the darkness, the waters above from the waters below, the day from the night. Each thing has its place, its sphere, its category. And at the pinnacle of this separated world are the humans, divided as male and female.
In contrast is the second creation account which is very different. Here God formed man out of the dust of the ground which is expressed so strongly in the Hebrew language: man, adam, is from the ground, min adamah. A good translation would be ‘earthling from the earth’. The words themselves reveal the connection. Here there is no divide, no separation. There is connection and belonging, one to another.
Maybe that is why I feel that being in nature is a place of peace and harmony for me, it’s like coming home.