"It is time for us to take off our masks and admit we are lovers, engaged in an erotics of PLACE. We love the land. It is a primal affair . . . Nothing exists in isolation. We need a context for eros, not a pedestal, not a video screen. The lightning we witness crack and charge a night sky in the desert is the same electricity we feel in ourselves whenever we dare to touch flesh, rock, body, Earth."
Terry Tempest Williams
Mormon Nature Writer
"I think frankly that our species is pansexual. I don't think we're heterosexual or homosexual or bisexual. You can have erotic experiences walking on the earth. This is a lesson from the universe. We have to fall in love. And we have to de-anthropocentrize this thing about falling in love, which our culture reduces to soap operas and finding a mate. We have to realize you fall in love with CREATION. Once we get that energy going, we'll have the political imagination and the moral imagination to change our ways."
Experiencing a love affair with the natural world is not something merely cerebral or theoretical. Next time you encounter a setting that stuns you with its beauty - a wildflower meadow, a sunrise, a mountain peak, a stretch of coastline, a herd of elk - notice how you and your desire are GRIPPED and HELD by the beauty of the place. Why is that? The answer is very simple. This being-grasped and having-your-attention-held occurs because Beauty is IN LOVE with you and is holding you in Her and His embrace - holding you FROM WITHIN! What an intimate love affair this IS!
Photo: Rosy Paintbrush, West Elk Range, CO
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.