1 (a): the place or environment where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and grows; (b): the typical place of residence of a person or a group; (c): a housing for a controlled physical environment in which people can live under surrounding inhospitable conditions (as under the sea)
2: the place where something is commonly found
Habitat (n.): “area or region where a plant or animal naturally grows or lives,” 1762, originally a technical term in Latin texts on English flora and fauna, literally “it inhabits,” third period singular present indicative of habitare “to live, inhabit, dwell,” frequentative of habere “to have, to hold, possess” (from Proto-Indo-European root ghabh- “to give or receive“). This was the Modern Latin word that began the part of the scientific description of a plant or animal species that told its locality. General sense of “dwelling place” is first attested 1854.
“Neatness makes me feel like I have to be on my best behavior. Clutter is my natural habitat.”
Maggie Stiefvater (b. 1981, American writer, young adult novelist, artist, musician, and free spirit)
"Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home."
John Dewey (1859—1952, American philosopher, educator, a founder of the philosophical movement known as pragmatism, a pioneer in functional psychology, and a leader of the progressive movement in education)
"The greatest responsibility of the planner and architect, I believe, is the protection and development of our habitat."
Walter Gropius (1883—1969, German American architect, educator, and founder of the Bauhaus School, who was a major influence on modern architecture)
"I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction."
Steve Irwin (1962 – 2006, Australian nature expert and television personality, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter")
"The social brain is in its natural habitat when we're talking with someone face-to-face in real time."
Daniel Goleman (b. 1946, internationally known psychologist, author, and science journalist, who reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years, best known for his 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence)
“The social brain is in its natural habitat when we’re talking with someone face-to-face in real time.”
We thrive when we are with others, and also in when we are in communion with the natural wonders of our divine planet and natural habitat. Most of us want to live meaningful lives. We want to feel more connected, especially with our loves ones and those who we respect. This is what allows for us to feel warm and to have more joy in our lives.
There was a time when I felt isolated and alone. Believe it or not, it was when I was first married and was raising small children, in the mix while living in NYC and surrounded by millions of people. What made me feel lonely was that I felt disconnected, not so much from people, but especially from my self and from Self, alienated from Life and from my own natural abode of happiness.
When I felt deep sadness I was at crossroads where I had to choose my path. So, I went on quests and on intensive spiritual retreats towards self-discovery and self-authentication. Eventually, it took over 25 years for my anxieties to quell, nervous system to calm, and for my mind, body, and spirit to aligned, balanced, and centered.
In addition to meditation and prayer, I had to walk and sometimes sing my power song. Sometimes, that would be the only thing that would get me through a day. That’s how anxiety-ridden I was. Back in my mid-thirties I had an early mid-life crisis and needed to do a lot of soul work and make some major internal changes.. I also needed the time and space to heal deeply and thoroughly. My desire to feel whole was and remains strong.
Sojourners, continue to build those natural habitats and spiritual practices that foster meaningful connection others, and do so with enthusiasm and gusto!
Miraculously Yours, Tonya