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Nature is beautiful and coexisting is beautiful. I pray we all do our best to coexist with nature. Natures flow inspires me.
Always and always inspires gratefulness. This weekend I am especially noticing trees- the immense old beeches and sycamores. Wonderful.
I love nature. It is part of my being as long as I can remember. I am blessed to live near the ocean and now in a rural area of my state.
Over the week-end I took too long hikes. Spring is my favorite season though and I look forward to it. At our new home I could see deer running in the distance while walking the dog a week ago. There are 2 wildlife preserves that I visit frequently, one year we saw the snowy owl. What a site!! In the summer I enjoy staying on my friend’s sailboat and watching amazing sunsets and walking up in the morning sipping coffee in a quiet harbor. It is pure bliss to me.
My first reaction is how it grieves me to see the natural world struggle when I know I belong to a species that could choose to help it more and when I know that I personally contribute to its demise. As long as fear dominates our consciousness, we will not act, we will continue to react to Life. I share a poem I wrote in response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of New Mexico off the Louisiana coast in 2010.
Ode to Mother Nature by Carol Ann Conner
A Response to the 2010 Massive Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico,
O Mother of us all,
We watch you while you bleed.
We drilled a hole in your heart.
We harmed your creative reed.
O Mother of us all,
Fingers point here and there.
We want to blame and shame.
Our guilt we cannot bear.
O Mother of us all,
When will we learn to see?
We dwell within your womb.
Without you, we’ll cease to be.
Orphans we’ll become,
through our own collective fault,
unless we stop the rape,
the unrelenting assault
On the Mother of us all.
That said. The natural world still inspires gratefulness in me. It mirrors the cycles of my own life and its beauty calms me. It’s endurance is my teacher. It will survive even if we blow ourselves back to amoebas!
Important Carol, thank you. I read a book about trees. Near the end, it said the planet will be fine when we are gone. Thought provoking.
The natural world is unfathomably more rich, interwoven, and complicated than I can imagine and so much more mysterious and beautiful. Deepening my connection with nature serves my spirit and inevitably serves my creative expression. The closer I get to the natural world, the more I awaken to the realization that I am not separate from it. The incredible gift associated with this realization is that when I create, I am not just expressing my unique individuality, but my seamless connection to an infinite oneness.
I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and every day is a gift to live here. While I don’t care for the months of rain (!) it certainly does make for a stunning tableau of green everywhere. I am grateful for each day I get to live here.
One of the first things that I appreciated about this site was that it wasn’t just telling you to think positively. I appreciated that the philosophy recognized the problems and sorrows of the world but taught us that there was still beauty if we looked for it. Nature is a big and important part of that beauty for me. Plus there are rabbits in the natural world. 🐰😊
I know that when I am in nature or
have just been in nature, I feel
grateful that I am able to go out
and experience it. Play in it. Breath
in it. Nature isn’t concerned with
me, and maybe that’s the secret.
The natural world is doing its
thing, with or without me, on its
own timeline. I can stand next to
a 1500 year old redwood, or a
300 year old oak, or the new
buds of the buckeye that will
be the first to sprout and the
first to fall. Over and over. These
cycles make me aware of my
own cycles. Life, death, rebirth.
Another day and another chance
to get it right.
Chalrie T Thanks, for this phrase: “Life, death, rebirth. Another day and another chance to get it right.”
Mary Pat said it perfectly…like her….I am in awe and at such peace when I experience the ocean and the forests. I am very Blessed to live in the forest in WV…seeing the majestic trees and then the seedlings..Now in Texas; I have seen absolutely beautiful sunrises each morning and sunsets in the evening…the sky in a sea of color.
This morning we have rain…another favorite of mine…but the sun was just peaking through…brillant.
As we travel and I see new areas; I am in awe that we have…The rivers, the creeks, the vast prairie, timbleweeds, the birds in the sky, the stars and the moon… I am grateful to be a part of this life. Thank you for the reminder to really look and see and experience.
When I take the time to really look and see the natural world, I am in awe whether it is the ocean, the forests-my two favorites-other sentient beings, the sunrise and sunset, the dark night sky with the moon and the stars surrounding me, and snow falling quietly outside. I am truly grateful for these things and more. During dark times, they help bring me back to loving awareness and gratefulness.
Thank you for this gentle reminder to remember this, as it is a dark time for me now, and you have helped me to focus on the wonder of it all.
Mary Pat, My thoughts are a mirror to yours…I feel exactly the same way. I hope that lightness will envelope you and push out the dark. Blessings to you, my friend.
I am so inspired by its intricateacy and vastness of the world. When I look at the sky, I can’t even imagine what the Webb telescope is revealing. I am reading a book right now that talks about different fruits and vegetables but also adds the spiritual part. I appreciate it so much more.
Would you share the title please?
What is the title of the book, Yram?
Here is a link to the Webb Telescope gallery. https://webbtelescope.org/news/first-images/gallery
To see that everything we need has been provided.
As someone sitting beneath a tree can imagine the earth from above the trees, a heart encumbered by reality can know eternity.
It is all such a beautiful thing to witness even on these cold, damp January days.
I am grateful I can see it – the birds flying and rooting around the garden, the spring bulbs just peeping through the soil, the changing sky.
I am grateful I can hear it – the wind in the trees, birdsong now spring is on the way.
I am grateful I can smell it – the fresh air and damp earth, flowers in the months to come.
I am grateful I can touch it – I can’t get outside but I have house plants with differing leaf textures.
And I am grateful to be able to taste all the lovely food that I have to eat!😋
Lovely and inspiring. Thank you Butterfly.
I was watching the sky go from dark to pink stripes to orange and now blue. It fills me with awe every single time. I’m grateful to see another day and look forward to the rest of the beauty this day will offer. We’re having a baby shower for my brother and his girlfriend today, and we’re all so excited for our growing family.
Seeing nature’s beauty gives so much joy, it makes me smile and appreciate that moment. Yesterday I did a 5K with my son and there was such a beautiful sunrise. (he is doing the half marathon today, same thing beautiful cotton candy like sunrise).
Have a nice relaxing Sunday everyone.
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