Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether

We are composed of nothing different than earth, water, fire, air, and space, and much of yoga practice  (as are related practices such as ayurveda) is designed to recognize and align our elemental identity.  It is human nature to manufacture, just as it is the nature of a beaver to make a dam or a termite to make a mound of mud that displaces what was in its path.  Why then is it so common to  think of man-made as completely separate from “nature” rather than to recognize the wild and extraordinary creations of humans as an integral part of the complex fabric of being on this planet?

Photos taken on a Thanksgiving trip shared with friends and family:  DC to NJ, Cape Cod, and back to NJ before heading home. Without the time on highway and train, I could not have seen so much “nature” in so short a time.  Nor, might I add, would I have appreciated being out exposed to the wind and water without the shelter and protection of manufactured goods (including houses, cars, and clothing, etc).  This does not mean, of course, that to live better, we should not seek to balance and diminish our consumption of resources for our protection and comfort.

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