I have always liked nature. As I left my youth this deepened. I am never happier than when in a wood or on the coast.
My growing love started to be accompanied by a feeling of dissatisfaction. I wanted something but what? Coming back from a nature trip was like leaving the table feeling hungry. I tried reading about ecology, I considered gardening - all very interesting but not the answer.
After some years I started to explore spirituality and eventually linked this to nature. The yearning sensation went away and a deeper satisfaction has replaced it. I feel now that I owe my continued interest in a spiritual path to nature.
My question is, what is happening? Is this simply a case of 'whatever turns you on' or is there something special about nature that I am sensing? From a Buddhist point of view is a natural landscape significantly different from a shopping mall or industrial estate?