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Where will you be this weekend for Independence Day celebrations? Like many this long weekend, you will likely gather with others in a local city park, or visit one of the many grand state or national parks. July 4th celebrations are usually quite the opposite of most sensory experiences we discuss here; loud, busy and joyful rather than quiet and reflective. However, this weekend can be a time for you to reflect on our nation’s identity and our long standing love of green spaces.Read more
Last week our hearts were moved by the inspiring and revealing journal entries in a West Baltimore Open Space Sacred Place.
Throughout the country, small public green spaces offer a moment of respite and a place of healing. These spaces, supported by the Nature Sacred program, feature a bench with a waterproof community journal tucked inside and available for anyone who wishes to contribute their thoughts. Fern Shen of the Baltimore Brew writes:
“One way to learn what people are thinking and feeling in Baltimore’s struggling Westside, where worldwide attention has been focused since Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, is to go to a tiny pocket park called The Choose Life Memorial.”
Our earliest known civilizations created landscaped gardens to experience Nature’s inherent beauty, foster human health, or display social status. Temple gardens in ancient Mesopotamia developed from the idea of a sacred grove, where lush trees hung with ripe fruit. American explorers in the 19th century were captivated by the vast wilderness of opportunity. And the 21st century will see exponential increases in urban living likely resulting in strains on natural resources and quality of life. Human understanding and assumptions about Nature will continue to shift, and we hope to contribute to the knowledge of Nature’s inherent healing power. Providing places for refuge, recreation, and community connection, urban green spaces in the 21st century have the potential to improve individual and community well-being and wellness in multiple ways 1.Read more