My Gaia Office

To step into my office you would have to step outdoors. My office building is nature and is located in a highly developed urbanized ecosystem. It is where I do most of my writing. Writing is a process of making observations about my immediate environment that encloses my body, stimulates my senses and quickens my mind. To write about a space requires me to become apart of earth’s living dimensions both in space and time, consequently my office is always changing and I must adapt my writing process to Earth’s changing parameters.

As a Gaia ecologist I must acknowledge that my physical presence effects the natural parameters of my surroundings much like a pebble causing ripples of waves through the surface of water. I also exist within an infrared dimension of light emitting heat waves flowing through the air that can be detected by animals and plants. Additionally, my presence is a conscious stream of my mental being intertwined within emitted light waves sensed by organisms disturbing their mental state for sense of safety. Before, I begin to write I incorporate time to become apart of the flora and fauna to give them time to sense my presence and during this period there is very little movement on my part. Perhaps sitting on a bench with notepad and pencil in hand taking notes regarding air temperature, humidity, wind direction/speed, or the types of clouds in the sky is how I begin my writing day as a Gaia ecologist.

An academic ecologist whose scientific training requires emotionless objectivity as a means to validating scientific data, is conditioned to interpret the environment only as formulated numbers displayed upon a spreadsheet. The peer review process of an academic ecologist detaches the human experience from doing science so that the individual exists outside of Earth’s nature. A Gaia ecologist begins the scientific process by acknowledging their feelings as a valid observation brought into existence by their presence in nature. The validity of the scientific numbers measuring Earth’s parameters cannot be compromised by writing how these parameters effect the Gaia observer’s feelings. The reason for being within that dimension of space and time is as vital for understanding how the Gaia ecologist interprets their observations as is the abstraction for scientific inquiry for the peer review process. This is a type of scientific understanding transcends those rigid, cold scientific formulations imposed upon nature’s wonders by an academic ecologist, because a Gaia ecologists’ questions of how nature works is not to be limited by how analogue observations fit into an abstract formulation procedure. A Gaia ecologist doesn’t seek peer review to validate their collection of observations, they only strive to observe as humanly as possible the essence of Earth’s being using not only scientific measurements but more importantly writing about the quality of their emotive state as an interpretation of being within that environmental dimension. A Gaia ecologist writes to record the human experience of feeling Earth’s breath as if it is the only observation of a planet breathing in this universe.

Naturally a Naturalist

What is it? What does it do? Where does it live? These were the basic questions I asked myself as a young boy after discovering a new thing to play with such as a frog, or a snake, or a skink. As a kid, nature was all mine to explore and being outdoors exploring was the natural thing for me to do. And now, as an adult, the child in me still begins each day with a sense of wonder and exploration. I invite you to join me in my exploration of our natural world, discussing ideas and sharing observations.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

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