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Dark Ecology: Race, Gender & the Environment

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Sade, Women and Nature

There is power in music. Which is one of the reasons why I admire Sade. Her words vibrate through my soul and feed my subconscious pure goodness. One’s choice of music can truly have an impact on their character and overall life. As a young teenager, listening to Sade, I learned the significance of nature. I began to understand that there was no separation between me and my environment. With this awareness, I acknowledged my true power.

Sade recognizes the connection between women and nature. In many of her videos, she portrays herself as Mother Earth. She is either under the sea, on top of a mountain or in the middle of the desert. No matter where she is, it’s most likely amongst nature. There is no separation between her and her surroundings. Sade humanizes nature. Reminding us that Mother Nature is alive, she is here and present with us, at all times.

THE ESSENCE OF NATURE IS FEMININE

The term “Mother Nature” is not used by coincidence… A female’s womb creates life and so does nature. The ways in which a nurturing mother supports her child, through pregnancy, breast feeding and pure affection, is closely linked to the support nature provides for us and all other species. From fruits, vegetables, to the air that we breathe, nature is always here to be our loving mother. She responds to us and is constantly evolving with us.

“WHEN WOMEN REASSERT THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WILDISH NATURE, THEY ARE GIFTED WITH A PERMANENT AND INTERNAL WATCHER, A KNOWER, A VISIONARY, AN ORACLE, AN INSPIRATRICE, AN INTUITIVE, A MAKER, A CREATOR, AN INVENTOR, AND A LISTENER WHO GUIDES, SUGGESTS AND URGES LIFE IN THE INNER AND OUTER WORLD.” – CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES

Below I added two of my favorite music videos by Sade. In the first video, she represents herself as Mother Earth. In the second video, she reveals herself as a nurturing mother. Aside from this, her words are influential and soulful. I hope these videos resonate with you as they do with me. Xoxo

Insights from Mother Nature

It was a breezy, Spring day. Roaming around with my lover amongst trees, birds and fresh air. We had been walking for the past 30 minutes and I felt my heart beat slowly increasing. We knew where we were going and we couldn’t wait to get there. The water fall at the Botanical Gardens. It had pretty much become our backyard. Our favorite place within the whole garden. We walked, we climbed, we laughed and we embraced. The fresh air kissed our face. By the time we made it, I felt a weight on my shoulders. A sense of heaviness… I was exhausted. It was about 10:30 in the morning and I hadn’t had any breakfast. Perhaps my energy was depleted. As I sat on the bench, admiring the water fall while observing the tree bunches move to the hidden waves of the wind,  I couldn’t tell what was wrong with me.

After a few minutes of subtle discomfort, my partner handed me a peeled tangerine. I began savoring a piece I had removed from the bunch. The flavors bursted in my mouth and in my body. My senses began to heighten and my vision became more clear. Life was being given to me in that moment. As I ate more, I felt myself becoming more alive through my mind, body and spirit. It’s a feeling that was truly unexplainable, however it made sense in every way. In that moment, I understood a truth I had never grasped before. The divine connection. The feedback loop of giving and receiving. The ubiquitous duality that resides in all things. I understood nature in a way I never had before. I felt alive, connected and exactly where I was supposed to be in that moment within the infinite universe. The chirping birds sang as I listened. They fed my ears and soul. All motion being experienced through my senses were pure bliss. I reflected, and as I did, I felt like an animal, in its natural habitat. Before the city, before the artificial noise, before the destruction. This was my home. And in that moment, there was nothing more important. The magical insight given to me, left me with intense awe. This was more than just a nourishing fruit, more than just sightseeing. This was life, youthfulness, joy and gratitude. I knew I was healing. Nature had kissed me with its Universal Intelligence and I was present to receive it.

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