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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:)
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.
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.
By the way nature can be nature and needs nothing else than to be.
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.
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.
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.
More joyful, I’d say, as opposed to grateful
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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