How to commune with nature?

As Active Hope said, “Experiencing gratitude is a learnable skill,” and I totally agree with it due to my experience to study in the United States. Before I left Japan, I did not expect that a safety does not exist everywhere; I did not how tough it is to communicate with people who have a different culture from me. Before I came to the U.S., I did not thank for safety at all because it was a natural situation for me. However, I realized how it is essential to have safety society because I experienced a different culture which is struggling with getting the safety. Also, I thank my parents for this opportunity to study abroad. Giving education is a kind of duty of being parents, but still, I need to thank them. I was heedlessness about what I have.

In Japan, we have two major religions, Buddhism and Shinto. Shinto says that they have eight million gods. It is a metaphor, but they believe that everything has an important soul or life, and they need to thank for it. This is why Japanese people say “Itadakimasu” before they eat meals to show gratitude for the life which died for our meals. In addition, we say “Gochisousama” to express appreciation for people who made meals and who delivered the foods to us, even though usually, we cannot see them. In my view, surprisingly, Japanese greetings of meals fulfill the two aspects of the gratitude. Generally speaking, Japanese culture does not have a holiday like Thanksgiving, but those greetings have the similar role with Thanksgiving. However, because of the capitalism, nowadays, it is impossible to see people who cook meals and deliver them for us, and unfortunately, it makes the greetings a dead custom. Japanese is one of the countries which is saturated with food. They can get foods anywhere and anytime. Those situations make them lack gratitude toward nature and what they already have like what I was.

Finally, I would like to share about how to become allies with nature surrounding us. The best buddy of children is a toy which has spent most of the time with children. In the same way, I strongly recommend parents to plant a tree or some other plants when their children were born because they people feel familiar with something which has spent the same years with them, such as toys, coins, and wines. Once people get a sense of intimacy with plants, they gradually get the affinity with other plants, too.

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