Biophilia refers to the love of living things and nature and the human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature.
Humans evolved alongside the natural world and it makes a lot of sense that we would develop an affinity for this environment that provides the basis for our every need - food, clothing, comfort, inspiration, creativity. We are drawn to a forest or ocean landscape or a sunset. Deep feelings are evoked as we see wildlife, pet a dog, feel the cozy pressure of a cat curled up against our legs. And the sense of beauty and connection we feel sounds an inner tone as deep and as old as our species itself.
When we take the time to retreat to a forest, ocean, park; to plant a flower or grow a radish, we are returning to the loving arms of the earth as surely as a toddler too long away from their parent. In our busy, complicated lives, it is helpful, nay critical, to use some of our precious time to restore ourselves in nature. For such is our nature.
Gardening or tending houseplants are ways we can benefit from this relationship even when a hike in the mountains or a trip to the ocean seem a far away dream.
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Wilson, Edward O. Biophilia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984