Posts Tagged ‘nature’
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”
~ George Washington Carver, American Scientist, Inventor and Educator
It is certain that we all have our bad days. Even the most enlightened of people can sometimes feel a lack of energy and be overwhelmed by the external reality of this world.
In these times we, as individuals, often wish for just one soothing moment, just an hour or two of peace and quiet.
Seeking outside of ourselves for security or happiness is, of course, not going to help us find it.
We certainly can only find lasting security, happiness and peace within our own spirits.
But the environment that we find ourselves in can often make it either easier, or more difficult, to achieve connection with our spirit.
When we strip away all the flash, the lights, the … Continue reading →
“They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of him as somewhat of a recluse.”
~Emily Dickinson, 19th-Century American Poetess
This article is a repost from our old blog – originally dated April 2008.
Today started out quite foggy and dreary, but now it seems to be brightening and drying up.
After months of focusing on my diet and introducing a vegetarian lifestyle, I begin now to bring my focus to my physicality.
As part of that process, I have decided to stop dabbling in Yoga at home and to actually go out and join a class.
I have chosen Sivananda style Yoga, partly out of a lack of options and partly out of what I learned about it during my research of yoga styles. It seems very balanced for me, who I am and what I believe.
I have just returned home after my first 2-hour class, feeling invigorated (and a bit out-of-shape) and looking at things with more open eyes.
I don’t know how long this buzz will last, so I will take this opportunity to write a post about what I have recently been observing.
So many people, myself included, spend a great deal of their spiritual life or spiritual intentions attempting to find a connection with God, the Creator, the Divine One. We look for it outside of ourself, we expect and hope for grace and guidance to come TO us.
For some religions GOD is something that one must earn, something that one attains at the end of life. GOD is something that you must … Continue reading →
“So as long as a person is capable of self-renewal, they are a living being.”
~Henri Frederic Amiel, 1821-1881, Swiss Poet & Philosopher
With the birds chirping outside and the cool, yet sunny days growing longer, it is not difficult to appreciate the beauty of the springtime. The tulips poke their heads up through the ground, the squirrels and birds return to their business and the deep snows melt away. Still, spring is even more powerful than its inspiring visions of colorful flowers and running streams.
Spring carries with it a very unique energy, burgeoning with the buzz of renewal. Renewal, or to make all things new again, is a sacred energy, one that life could not continue without. The circle of life, so sacred to the belief structures of many cultures, would be an incomplete circle, and therefore not a continuous cycle, without the renewal, the rebirth.
How many times have we each wished that we could start things over again? Wished that we could have fresh energy or undo the mistakes or simply be young again? Well, spring is your time!
Though we may not know it, living in our fast-paced modern world, humans do enter a phase that is similar to hibernation during the winter months. Our energy gets lower, our bodies get looser, our sleep gets longer. With the natural return of the sun, spring begins the cycle of awakening, and thus renewal. We can embrace that energy and awaken feeling freshened, full of energy and ideas.
A very simple way of getting a little bit of this springtime energy into your soul is to … Continue reading →
The groves were God’s first temples.
~William Cullen Bryant, “A Forest Hymn”
A tree is an interesting entity in the realm of creation and in the realm of nature. It is a living being, an energy form that, more than any another, records within itself the knowledge and history of its surrounding environment.
A tree begins from seed, embodied within which is its own original energy. But then it amasses its self and its mature energy from the environment around it.
The trees are the books of time, just as their wood may provide fodder for the books of mankind, so, too, does the environment provide fodder for the books of the trees. The trees are like braille waiting to be read, like a musical recording waiting to be played.