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  1. Michele

    I’m responding two days late on this one as I was on vacation with no service. I was grateful to have time to finally be able to see my brother’s cabin out in central Pa. There was so much beauty and being surrounded by nature for a couple of days was relaxing. We visited Kettle Creek State Park – gorgeous views of the mountains and water. Everything was green and growing – this was the first time being up there in Spring. I’m used to fall when we visit Hills Creek so this was a nice change of scenery. Nature is always there – the beauty of it, the aromas – all senses really. I’m grateful for the seasons of the Wheel of The Year:)

    2 years ago
  2. SK

    Nature is everything. We are one with the powers of the seasons, the trees speak if we but listen; the waters have voice; the wind embraces us. God’s creation was first and foremost, a beautiful world that we are stewards of. My most intimate life experiences and epiphanies have been in the mountains.

    2 years ago
  3. Malag

    I drop more into just being there in it. There’s such a beauty in it that that is the only response that comes, just dropping into presence. And when I’m in that state I can appreciate and it is expansive. My gratitude for nature becomes an appreciation of this life, standing (mostly) vertically in it. And with it comes a wish to protect this earth. 

    2 years ago
  4. B
    Bruce

    By the way nature can be nature and needs nothing else than to be.

    2 years ago
  5. O.Christina

    To be aware that the water, the plants offered for food, the air that we all breathe sustain my life and the life of all and that we are part of the grand cycle of life only through nature`s gifts, leaves me in deep gratitude, not to speak about the utter beauty and breathtaking moments which fill me in awe.

    2 years ago
  6. Dusty Su

    The obvious support, flow, continuity that will go on after I am long returned to mother earth assures me that all will be, and therefore ultimately currently is, well.

    2 years ago
  7. s
    sb

    At my lowest points it has been nature that has recovered me and I still walk early every morning to set me up for the day. As I walk I enjoy and I never cease to be grateful that I am fit enough to get out into nature, that we have so much that is beautiful on our doorstep, that there is so much wildlife out there that I can see and can touch my heart and that we are all part of this world, so much more than we are individually.

    2 years ago
  8. Mica

    More joyful, I’d say, as opposed to grateful

    2 years ago
  9. Holly in Ohio

    Nature is so healing! It fills the empty parts of our soul. Nature gives so much, that we feel rich. It can make us feel so close to God that we touch.

    This afternoon my husband and I were watching a nature program, voiced by David Attenborough, about life in the deep parts of the sea. When you see that miracles and beauty is bountiful, how can you not feel more grateful?

    Reach, learn, walk barefoot today in the grass. 🙂

    2 years ago
  10. Don Jones

    It is bursting with life and driven to thrive. A potato left in a dark cupboard, shoots – it wants to live. When I pause to reflect at my core, it too urges, live to the fullest depth and dimension. There are too many zombies walking around half dead. It is time to thrive.

    2 years ago
  11. d
    dcdeb

    Just looking at a nature scene can relax me and relieve me from a lot of mental chatter.
    Listening to nature sounds does the same thing.

    2 years ago
  12. Linda

    Despite all of the wrongs humanity does to nature, it perseveres and continues to delight us. Never give up, it seems to say; love all natural things today.

    2 years ago
  13. Elaine

    The natural world is life and interconnection, truth and beauty, Beholding nature reminds me (when I get out of my head to stop look and listen) that life and beauty have the last word.

    2 years ago
  14. Toni

    Paying attention to the little things like the colors of the rainbow in the food I eat and appreciating all of the elements that create it helps me be grateful.

    2 years ago
  15. devy

    A walk through nature reminds me of the connection we have with nature and how we are all part of the same picture. How we treat one affects the other..

    2 years ago
  16. Chester

    It is through nature that we receive all that we need to be sustained.

    2 years ago
  17. Ed Schulte

    All life, nature being one part, is a metaphor for the ONE Internal and Eternal Truth

    Word for the Day

    (PHOTO BY EVIE. S.)
    The flower is always the bud’s undoing. Let go then. Step into the river lean into the wind let the strength of the earth rise through you. Watch your fingertips burst into bloom.
    PAVITHRA K. MEHTA

    2 years ago
  18. Carol

    Nature teaches me that Life is trustworthy and attachments can be dangerously limiting.

    2 years ago
  19. Mike S

    Nature and its bounty and beauty is a pure gift to us human beings. Just to stand outside looking at the trees, the grass, the sky, and the clouds. It’s a wonderful understanding to take him. When I lived on Whidbey Island in Washington state the first year we were there I felt a low-grade depression. I would walk down to the ocean shore overlooking Cultus Bay. From where I sat I could see far away the Olympic Mountains that were capped with snow. I would ponder the fact that these mountains had been there for perhaps millions of years, and contemplating that time span made my life and my problems seem so small.

    2 years ago
  20. Howie Geib

    This morning as I woke and heard the birdsong I was reminded of St Francis. How his insights into the simplicity that confronts us each day through nature challenges the vestiges of our human culture. Behind my tendency to be anxious is a fundamental loss of faith in the simple fact that I always get what I need. Food, air, water. If anything the sequence of my life has afforded it is certainly the hollow nature of the cycle of acquisition, accumulation and excess, at least for me. They are akin to thieves in the night. I wake up years later wondering what happened to the joy and spontaneity. An arousal from stupor often in response to some bracing encounter with nature: huge waves at the shore, a sudden thunderstorm, coming across a fawn laying in the high meadow hours after birth, dozing in the sun…all a kind of beckoning to come home.

    2 years ago
    1. Mike S

      Well said Howie.

      2 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Beautiful.

        2 years ago
  21. Anita

    Just by being there.
    Walking in natu,re, on the trail or off, in a forest, among my friends – the trees, by the river or ocean, and listening to their sound, whether it is soft and flowing, or loud and crashing, noticing the movement of its flow or current, listening to the birds and their sweet ‘hellos’ – ALL nature inspires me to grow still – to listen – to observe – to stand in awe and smile. GRATITUDE follows naturally.

    2 years ago
  22. Javier Visionquest

    Absolutely everything fashioned by human hands owes its origin to a natural resource.

    2 years ago
  23. Pilgrim

    Nature is source and solace bringing great “scope for the imagination.” For me, always where I have felt at home and grateful.

    2 years ago
    1. Anita

      And me too Pilgrim.

      2 years ago
  24. sunnypatti48317

    Nature’s good for the soul and offers us so many options to enjoy and be a part of it. I cannot help but be grateful when in nature, no matter what I’m doing!

    2 years ago
  25. EJP

    Nature is very simple, uncomplicated and giving….a beautiful teacher in the journey of life.

    2 years ago
  26. Kevin

    All I know is that whenever I am immersed in nature, be it a walk in the woods early in the morning, or in a six-man rowboat slicing silently through the water, or sitting on shore and hearing and feeling the surf crash against the rocks, it clears my head, tempers my heart, and puts my soul at ease.

    2 years ago
  27. Christine

    Nature, my dear beautiful friend, you are always there to help me. Thank you, I am very grateful 🌝☀️

    2 years ago
  28. Antoinette

    Letting go and allowing to be in the flow helps me be grateful.

    2 years ago

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