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Mar 22, 2024

"To be beautiful and to be calm, without mental fear, is the ideal of nature." --Richard Jefferies

Richard Jefferies: On Nature as a Portal to Self-Transcendence

In his 1884 masterpiece 'The Life of the Fields,' Richard Jefferies extols the poetic prowess of nature, emphasizing that by paying attention to the beauty of nature, we can dissolve the boundaries between ourselves and the world. Such an immersive experience in nature is perceived as momentous and transformative. "These are the only hours that are not wasted - these hours that absorb the soul and fill it with beauty. This is real life, and all else is illusion, or mere endurance," Jefferies declares. Maria Popova unravels the brilliant philosophy of self-educated British nature writer Richard Jefferies, drawing a link to his influence on exceptional nonfiction writers like Rachel Carson, Oliver Sacks, and Janna Levin.

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BE THE CHANGE
Take a moment to unplug from the digital world and immerse yourself in nature. Experience the poetic beauty of your surroundings - the rustling leaves, the singing birds, the vibrant flowers, the clear blue sky. Fill your heart with these miracles of nature that we often take for granted.



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