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Diane

Just been on your website and also had another read of your blog - very interesting snd thought provoking.

I guess with art and creativity, it is a multi sensory experience: our eyes see the artwork, in progress and completion, our ears hear (eg the sound of cutting, the sound of the products we are using when they make contact with each other, the strokes of a paint brush etc), we feel and smell the different products we use, and sometimes even taste them (depending what we are using). If this artwork takes place in natural surroundings and using natural products, our sensory experiences are enhanced even more, as is our sense of peace and presence. It is a meditation, and a perfect antidote to stress and depressive thoughts. As our sense of well-being increases, so does our mood and our self esteem. Eco therapy, ie Art and creativity, together with nature, are very soothing and cathartic. I agree, we need to experience our connection with nature because we ARE nature too.

Jane Redfern

Absolutely. Humans perceive, react and think with a vast collection of neurons networked to the external world. It's a fallacy that we only have five senses - we actually have over twenty. All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. Yes, we are nature. Alan Lightman once said, "The material of the doomed stars and the material of my doomed body are actually the same material. Literally the same atoms… It is astonishing but true that if I could attach a small tag to each of the atoms of my body and travel with them backward in time, I would find that those atoms originated in particular stars in the sky. Those exact atoms."

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