One of the ways in which we explain the world around us is by observing patterns in nature. Have you ever wondered why landscapes are the most historically popular design for a piece of art? Or why music often features elements of nature and sounds found therein? The reason is because humans, even modern humans have an undeniable link with nature that is part of our evolutionary biology.
Think of the last time that you were in nature, and how that made you feel. You may have been on a camping trip, or found yourself on an unexpected hike. Either way, there is something to the feeling of being in nature that brings out the best in humanity.
The path to enlightenment
Eastern religions are almost always based on an individual that reached enlightenment through meditation, and nature is almost always part of that path. From the bodhi tree to finding ‘the path’, much of what we consider enlightenment is little more than a deep understanding of ourselves and nature.
And if viewed through a scientific lens, all of this makes sense. We as humans are an amalgam of our feelings and biology combined with how we view and interact with the world around us. Once you realize how connected we are to nature, it is easy to understand why we are so drawn to it and why it has helped many artists and spiritual practitioners reach an understanding of what it means to be a human and live in this painful, yet beautiful world.