Welcome dear nature’s lover. Nothing easier than explaining you how to do a natural diary… since you already know. In other words, there are no rules and everyone can do it in her own way. First, choose a notebook along with some stationery and go outdoors, in your garden, in a courtyard, on a terrace. Otherwise, sit next to a flowerpot or in front of a window where you can see the sky, maybe a tree.
Please choose carefully your notebook and the other stuff, as they will somehow influence you. Pencil, pen, markers? Chalks, highlighters, colored pencils? What about sheets? White, colored, striped, checkered? Each texture differently effect us, each tool produces a different expressive nuance. You can also change stationery from time to time, inspired by the mood of that moment. And having only a few of them available is not an excuse: you can start even with a common notebook and a pencil!
What is in the pages of the natural diary? Words, drawings, leaves, petals, spots, signs. The shape of a cloud. The refrain of a song. The trajectory of an insect. A memory. A photo, printed, pasted and retouched. A collection of traced shadows. Any free association of images or words born in this short time, free from daily commitments.
Try to take a while for your diary every day, without necessarily following a chronological order of the pages. In other words, you can go back and forth as you wish or leave a blank page, like when the color passes through the other side of the sheet and leaves a mark that you don’t like (maybe, after some time, you will like to transform it…).
The writing of the natural diary occurs in a special “suspended” time, when your eyes and mind can rest, without looking for anything. Things will come, big or tiny, maybe just a word or a small sign. It is an excuse to legitimize oneself to be not productive or functional, at least for a few minutes.
The human being feels isolated in the cosmos, since he is no longer embedded in nature and has lost his emotional “unconscious identity” with natural phenomena. These, in turn, have gradually lost their symbolic meanings. Thunder is no longer the voice of an angry divinity, rivers are no longer the house of the spirits, nor trees the vital principle of man (…). No voice reaches people from stones, plants or animals any more, nor does the human beings turn to them sure of being heard. The contact with nature is lost, thus the profound emotional energy that this symbolic contact released has failed.
Carl G. Jung, “Man and His Symbols”
The natural diary is a kind of small gesture of reconciliation with nature, and maybe with ourselves as well. I will periodically publish some pages of my diary on robertapuccilab Instagram profile. You are very welcome to share pages of yours with the hashtag #naturaldiaryfornatureloversonly – so that we can find each other. It will be a silent contemplation, without any comments in addition to the words of the diary, but with mutual acceptance and gratitude.