physiological, safety, belonging, esteem, self-actualization
Which parts of our physical, psychological, emotional, social and creative selves are related to the landscape? If I feel better when I am in the garden than in the house, what should I be learning from that? I feel happier at the seaside - whatever the weather, I feel moved when on the moors. Thunder and lightning, a star filled sky - all wonderful.
The garden (and hedgerow, and farmed lands) sustain needs for food, and I get great happiness from growing or hedgerow harvesting -- this must also plug into my self-esteem and creativity. Sharing produce with others helps to develop a sense of belonging and friendship.
Our relationship with other aspects of the landscape, coast and weather is less 'controlled'. Perhaps there is a sense of letting go when we experience these wilder places. I cannot remember where I read "some people walk in the rain, others just get wet". In reality, I suspect that each of us can do either of those things and it depends very much on our state of mind at the time. If I could tap into that ability to 'walk in the rain' all the time, if I could communicate that to others .... then I might be getting somewhere. Maybe it comes back to rice and flowers after all. And spaces and faith, of course.