Biophilia: Life, Love, and the Language of Nature 
Rea L. Ginsberg, LCSW-C, ACSW, BCD
bio: life, biology
philia: a feeling of love, friendship & esteem (Aristotle and the concept of reciprocity: true friendships are beneficial to both parties, especially in the way of happiness and love; acts of friendship also benefit the giver and contribute to the sense of a fulfilled life.)
A strong attraction for the natural world. A firm emotional attachment to the living world.
Our inborn need for connection to life and to the vital processes of life.
An innate love for the natural world, believed to be felt universally by mankind.
"The urge to affiliate with other forms of life." 
Love of life.
Our natural love of life helps to sustain life.
In architecture, biophilic design is a sustainable design strategy that incorporates reconnecting people with the natural environment.
Biophilic design: an environment that strengthens life and supports its sociological and psychological components.
In healthcare, having a window looking out onto plants is claimed to help speed up the healing process of patients in the hospital. Having plants in the same room with patients is also said to increase the rate of healing.
"I know that there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be....I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles." 
Trees and nature are fundamental for human survival and the model for our thriving - physical, mental, spiritual.
"In wildness is the preservation of the world" 
Every tree tells a story. Listen. Host to our enchanted forests and singing woods. Yearning to stay awhile and play by ear...
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep." 
Every tree an entertainer of imagination, invention, creativity, Keeper of dreams.
A forest is a metaphor for life; everything is related, Including past to present to future; Circles unbroken.
Every leaf matters, And only together do they shape the branches.
Every root is a primary source of nurture & nourishment; Roots tell their secrets to each other; they communicate.
Every flower signals a source of food later on. "The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." 
Every ring represents a pivotal occasion.
Trees: objects of love, longing, loss, and the cycle of life; Fierce, furious Bittersweet Beauty.
Resilience; regeneration; wellness.
Grounded, a foundation for life.
The apple-pear tree, bursting into bloom, April 11, 2017
1. With full acknowledgement to The Free Dictionary and to Wikipedia, those splendid resources, for the audacious plagiarism found here. -- "Casual academic"! 2. Edward O. Wilson, Biophilia, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984. 3. Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, written between 1942 & 1944; first published 1947. 4. Henry David Thoreau, "In wildness is the preservation of the world," from 'Walking,' a lecture first delivered on April 23, 1851. First published posthumously as an essay in the Atlantic Monthly, 1862. 5. Robert Frost, poem: "Stopping by woods on a snowy evening," 1922. 6. Ralph Waldo Emerson, c. 1840. Image credit: RLG Tags: #nature #trees #resilience #healing #wellness
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted, but mostly they're darked. But mostly they're darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?” ― Theodor S. Geisel