Summary: "A riveting manifesto for the millions of people who long to forge a more vital, meaningful connection to the natural world to live a better, more fulfilling life. Looking around at the world today--a world of skyscrapers, super highways, melting ice caps, and rampant deforestation--it is easy to feel that humanity has actively severed its ties with nature. It's no wonder that we are starving to rediscover a connection with the natural world. With new insights into the inner workings of nature's wonders, Gary Ferguson presents a fascinating exploration into how many of the most remarkable aspects of nature are hardwired into our very DNA. What emerges is a dazzling web of connections that holds powerful clues about how to better navigate our daily lives. Through cutting-edge data and research, drawing on science, psychology, history, and philosophy, The Eight Master Lessons of Nature will leave readers with a feeling of hope, excitement, and joy. It is a dazzling statement about the powers of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness that come from reclaiming our relationship with Mother Nature. Lessons about mystery, loss, the fine art of rising again, how animals make us smarter, and how the planet's elders make us better at life are unforgettable and transformative."--Publisher's website.Content Notes:
Mystery: wisdom begins when we embrace all that we don't know -- Life on Earth thrives thanks to a vast garden of connections -- The more kinds of life in the forest, the stronger that life becomes -- Healing the planet, and ourselves, means recovering the feminine -- Our animal cousins make us happier - and smarter -- We live on a planet with energy beyond measure, yet life doesn't waste a drop -- After disaster and disruption: nature teaches us the fine art of rising again -- Old growth: the planet's elders can help us be better at life -- Afterword: nature's beauty holds every lesson.