May 8th, 2012
back to our senses

I don’t think there is a way for those who work in service to the earth — for environmentalists, ecologists — to really woo our culture back into a reciprocal or sustainable relation with the land until we draw folds back to our senses, because our sensing bodies are our direct contact with the rest of the natural world. It is not by being abstract intellects that we are going to fall in love again with the rest of nature. It’s by beginning to honor and value our direct sensory experience: the tastes and smells in the air, the feel of the wind as it caresses the skin, the feel of the ground under our feet as we walk upon it. And how much easier it is to feel that ground if you allow yourself to sense that the ground itself is feeling your steps as you walk upon it.
-David Abram, fr. The Spell of the Sensuous

These words greatly impacted my work when I read them several years ago.

May 8 2012
11:45 am
Ruth writes:

Hi Kerri,

had to comment on this post because I read a beautiful quote by Abram just a couple of hours ago; I’m researching for my essay on Urban Anthropology, which focuses on how individual and collective senses and experiences of urban space are generated through the work of contemporary artists, and I had your work in my mind in relation to people’s the lack of acknowledgment of our surroundings which we see all too much in cities, and so I came onto your blog to have a read and who should I stumble upon but a quote from the very same Abram, not to mention from the very same text! You have to admit this is rather a serendipitous moment that just occurred right there…

anyway. If you have any thoughts on this subject I’d love to hear them, but in the meantime I’ll have a look around your blog for more inspiration!

Thank you for your fantastic stuff


p.s. I don’t doubt you’ve heard of or read a book called “Cities: remaining the urban” by Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift, if not, you should read it! It’s beautifully written and has some really interesting ideas about the urban spaces we inhabit.

May 8 2012
11:59 am
Ruth writes:

p.s. I also realised I gave you an extra r in your name, despite it being in BIG letters at the top left of my screen! Er…consider it a gift from me to you! (and also a sign of my need to be more observant of the world around me!)

May 9 2012
4:02 pm
Angela writes:

Wonderful quote!

From my point of view I think is possible, hard, but possible, at least concerning buildings and urban planning. The main problem are the governments. I’ve just recently discovered that there are laws against producing more sustainable energy that they tell you. They don’t let you have a house truly 100% ecological because in that case everyone would do the same, and the electric, gas and fuel companies will lose a lot of money. The same for the cars. It’s a disgrace!

May 13 2012
8:21 pm
Fanfan writes:

I love to connect with nature : I breathe the flowers, I dance with the wind, I kiss the sun.

May 15 2012
12:32 am
Kriselda writes:

absolutely beautiful :]

Jun 9 2012
2:47 pm
MLA writes:

Ah! Lovely quote, Keri. I read this book as part of my doctoral curriculum in mythology and depth psychology. Another great one: “The Earth Has A Soul,” a collection of writings by Jung about nature, technology, and modern life. Even 80 years ago, he was on it.

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