nature

Your soul is alive

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has the power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

~ Eleanor Duse

Human consciousness

Human consciousness, then, should not be what utterly separates us from the rest of "nature." Rather, consciousness is where this dance of energy organizes itself in increasingly unified ways, until it reflects back on itself in self-awareness. Consciousness is and must be where we recognize our kinship with all other beings. The dancing void from which the tiniest energy events of atomic structures flicker in and out of existence and self-aware thoughts are kin along a continuum of organized life-energy...
~ from GAIA AND GOD by Rosemary Radford Ruether

Participating in divinity

When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim, "AH," you are participating in divinity.
~ ancient Hindu text as quoted in EVERYDAY GRATITUDE

Wonder beyond words

To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe—to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it—is a wonder beyond words.
~ Joanna Macy and Molly Brown in COMING BACK TO LIFE: THE UPDATED GUIDE TO THE WORK THAT RECONNECTS

The earth delights

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Something of the marvelous

In all things of nature
there is something
of the marvelous.
~ Aristotle

The heart of the universe

Throughout my life, by means of my life, the world has little by little caught fire in my sight, until, a flame all around me, it has become almost luminous from within. Such has been my experience in contact with the Earth. The diaphany of the divine at the heart of the universe on fire.
~ from THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Teilhard de Chardin
The Heart of Matter
By Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

To honor the sacred is to make love possible

The earth is a living, conscious being. In company with cultures of many different times and places we name these things as sacred: air, fire, water, and earth.

Whether we see them as the breath, energy, blood, and the body of the Mother, or as the blessed gifts of a Creator, or as symbols of the interconnected systems that sustain life, we know that nothing can live without them... All people, all living things, are part of the earth life, and so are sacred. No one of us stands higher or lower than any other. Only justice can assure balance: only ecological balance can sustain freedom. Only in freedom can that fifth sacred thing we call spirit flourish in its full diversity.

To honor the sacred is to create conditions in which nourishment, sustenance, habitat, knowledge, freedom, and beauty can thrive. To honor the sacred is to make love possible.

~from THE FIFTH SACRED THING by Starhawk

The whole world burns and sparkles with light

To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why ever did you trust us with the Earth

Why ever did you trust us with the Earth,
Your jewel, Your pearl of great price?

Why did you trust us with Water,
pure crystal in the sunlight?

With rain-forests
lush with table-sized leaves?

What do You see in us?

~ from WILD SEEDS by Francis Rothluebber
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