nature

Nature is your friend

Nature is your friend; cherish her reverently in your silent moments, and she will bless you in secret.

~ Paul Brunton

April 1995 (Vol. VIII, No. 4)

BLESSINGS, friends, in this new season! Spring invites us to renewal, to be born anew into the wholeness of our potential. Spring calls us to touch the Earth ... to awaken to Nature's budding grandeur ... to become silent enough to hear seeds bursting, bird symphony and our own inner aspirations.

Each soul must meet the morning sun

Each soul must meet the morning sun,
the new sweet Earth and the Great Silence alone.

~ Ohiyesa

God is the friend of silence

God is the friend of silence. See how nature -- trees, flowers, grass -- grow in silence; see the stars, the moon, the sun, how they move in silence... The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say, but what God says to us and through us. All our words will be useless unless they come from within.

~ from SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD by Malcolm Muggeridge

My first remembered experience of the numinous

My first remembered experience of the numinous occurred when I was barely three... The sun was shining, and as I walked along the dusty lane I became acutely aware of the things around me. I noticed a group of dandelions on my left at the base of a stone wall. Most of them were in full bloom, their golden heads irradiated by the sun, and suddenly I was overcome by an extraordinary feeling of wonder and joy. It was as if I was part of the flowers, and stones and dusty earth. I could feel the dandelions pulsating in the sunlight, and a timeless unity with all life.

~ from THE ORIGINAL VISION by Edward Robinson

Many of us need the wilderness

Many of us need the wilderness as a place to listen to the quiet, to feel at home with ancient rhythms that are absent in city life, to know the pulse of a river, the riffle of the wind, the rataplan of rain on the slickrock.

~ from WIND IN THE ROCK by Ann H. Zwinger

As long as it talks, I am going to listen

What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone, in the forest, at night, cherished by this wonderful, intelligible, perfectly innocent speech, the most comforting speech in the world, the talk that rain makes by itself all over the ridges, and the talk of the watercourses everywhere in the hollows! Nobody started it, nobody is going to stop it. It will talk as long as it wants, this rain. As long as it talks, I am going to listen.

~ Thomas Merton

We can only start to grow in being when we take time to be still

We can only start to grow in being when we take time to be still, even if it is only a few minutes each day, and open ourselves to God, like a flower opening its pedals to the sun, and receiving the strengthening rays of light. With continual practice, we can actually know that the spirit of Divine Love -- the Love of the omniscient creator of the entire universe -- is in us. ... Being still and experiencing the presence of God is the most important thing we can possibly do; for in this state of passivity we receive directive and strength for the day's action.

~ from GROWTH INTO BEING by Margaret Holmes

We are earth of this earth, and we are bone of this bone

Spirit that hears each one of us,
hears all that is --
Listens, listens, hears us out --
inspire us now!
Our own pulse beats in every
stranger's throat.
And also within the flowered ground
beneath our feet.
We can hear it in water, in wood, and
even in stone.
We are earth of this earth, and
we are bone of this bone.
This is a prayer I sing, for we
have forgotten this and so
the earth is perishing.

~ Barbara Deming
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