Orenda: Nature’s Invisible Energy

I recently learned the word, Orenda, a spiritual energy believed by the Iroquois to exist in natural objects.

Lately, I’ve been listening to the music of Ferry Corsten. His uplifting songs resonate with me during these challenging times.

T is familiar with electronic trance music or as he calls them: songs with no words. For a while, Martin Garrix’s Animals was T’s repeat request.

To me, trance epitomizes the power of music. Stripped of words, melodies and rhythm form a universal language that connects with listeners.

Corsten’s latest song, Orenda, has his signature joyful melody, spiritual themes and masterful build towards an emotional climax. As always, the sonic journey feels transcendent.

I was curious what Orenda meant. I thought it was related to astronomy and I was enlightened when I learned its beautiful meaning.

With each repeat listen – the song is on heavy rotation – I reflected on the words energy and nature and the ways they appear in our lives.

Endless Energy

As most parents of a child with FASD will tell you, the child’s endless energy is exhausting.

Neighbours often remark about how T is super energetic. I now understand why there are wheels in hamster cages.

I’m slowly reframing how I view T’s hyperactivity. Rather than see it as a negative, the hubby and I try to find productive ways to refocus that energy – to help him better manage daily life.

Like other kids in similar situations, sports provide T with a healthy outlet to burn energy.

Now that summer is here, outdoor pools are a lifesaver. I love watching T’s confidence and ability grow with each visit.

Nature’s Healing Energy

Running like the wind at Presqu’Ile Provincial Park.

Nature provides so much respite during this pandemic. Whether it is a Spring walk as nature reawakens from winter, a long summer hike, or a fall colours excursion, our bodies re-energize from the healing outdoors.

I’m thankful T has gained an appreciation for the outdoors and that he looks forward to and enjoys our simple rewarding family outings.

I believe that T finds freedom with nature. In these vast spaces, he runs as fast and far as he wants, splashes water as hard and loud as he wants, and can be himself with abandon.

Collisions of Energy

I’ve written about T’s explosive moments. He’s making great gains in learning to regulate his emotions; it’s a work in progress.

One of the best lessons I’ve learned from other parents on similar journeys is to be the calm in a child’s storm. Responding to an explosive moment with an explosive reaction is counter productive.

I know, this is such obvious common sense advice. But it took me a long time to figure this out. I still have challenges with staying calm in T’s storms, but I am a work in progress too!

I was Googling “in the storm be the calm” but typed “clam” by mistake. I think this image from Reddit still applies. Look how calm that clam is!

Renewal of Energy

Energy is finite – and self care is an important part of my survival strategy to parenting T.

After a gruelling three months of virtual schooling while working full time, I took the last week off to recharge. Bonus: his daycare reopened on Wednesday!

This past Friday, I had my first day to myself with zero responsibilities in forever.

I sat down on a patio – for the first time in over a year – and enjoyed a delicious bowl of tonkotsu ramen and an ice cold can of Coke while soaking up the sun and feeling a cool breeze. All by myself and boy was it rejuvenating!

Sliced pork ramen in delicious pork bone broth.

Transformative Energy

Storms are said to possess orenda. This tidbit resonated with me when I first read the definition, but I wasn’t sure why.

Shortly after I arrived home from lunch on Friday, dark clouds that were promised all day finally appeared and soon enough, thunder and lightning ripped through the quiet sky and heavy rain poured across the city.

After the storm, I looked out our window at the hubby’s garden. He has been working so hard at it and it looks wonderful. I told him that he doesn’t need to water the plants and that they were going to bloom further after the downpour.

That was when it clicked why the word orenda resonated with me.

As we weather T’s stormy moments, like plants under dark skies, we too are inevitably transformed and grow through the energy of the storm.

14 thoughts on “Orenda: Nature’s Invisible Energy

  1. Uplifting, motivating, rejuvenating, positively calming. Thank for sharing this, been going thru internal storms and need some ways to calm it. Nature and music are a perfect blend to achieve harmony and balance. Sometimes watching the waves, hearing it, feeling the sun’s warmth , closing my eyes and taking deep , slow, breathes helps me de-stress and get some zen. Happy weekend and regards to your family.

    1. Thank you as always for your kind comments. 😊

      I’m sorry to hear that you are going through some stormy moments and I hope that you are finding ways to being calm to them!

      Nature and music are two of my go-to sources to find calm and glad to hear they bring you calm too. Hope you have a nice outing in nature planned with your family this weekend!

    1. Thank you, Diane! It was very nice to have time to relax and I’m sad it’s over haha. But I do have a nice chunk of time off in early August so it’s just around the corner. 🤣😊

  2. I’ve never heard of the term Orenda before, but love its meaning. Thanks for sharing. Good for you for taking a day for yourself, that definitely does sound rejuvenating. That’s so important to do every once in a while for your well-being. Hope you enjoyed your week off last week.

    1. Thank you, L. I had yesterday off too and today is my reentry. They never last long, do they? Haha. But thankful for the time to recharge. Hope you had a good week off too and look forward to your recap!

      1. I know what you mean. Once I have a taste for some time off, I just want more. It’s always a struggle to settle back into the swing of things at work. Thankfully we’re over half way through this week!!

  3. Interesting concept! I can see how it applies and can relate to parenting a child with ASD. Your Friday lunch sounds like it was a nice one. And Yay! The daycare reopened! I hope you were able to recharge after a week away.

    1. Thanks Robyn! It’s certainly an interesting concept and I agree that I see it relating to the journey of a special needs parent.

      And yes to the return of some normalcy. I feel almost human again, almost. 🤣

      Happy 4th of July to you and your family and hope you have a good one!

    1. Thank you! It’s always nice to learn something new and a different perspective upon to view the world. 😊

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