There is a way that nature speaks

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.

~ Linda Hogan

If a person walks in the woods and listens

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.

~ George Washington Carver

Earth's crammed with heaven

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God.

~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The sounds of the living word are louder than the sounds of the machine world

We are all native speakers of the language of life. To talk with what lives, we have to listen patiently and quietly for a long time. We have to listen in a place where we can hear, where the sounds of the living world are louder than the sounds of the machine world. If we have the patience and the silence we can begin to hear. If many of us listen, many of us will hear. We will learn the language of the living Earth, and it will become our language again.

~ from A FIELD GUIDE TO THE SOUL by James Thornton

April 2012 (Vol. XXV, No. 4)

Warm, spring greetings, dear friends! The earth is waking around us and the sweet notes of birdsong return to our early morning silence. What better time to recall Nan Merrill's beautiful words in the April 2008 FOS:  "To spend time in Nature's tapestry of Life is like opening an amazing gift: an instruction book of Love and Life given to us by the Creator, Source of All Being. Here we can see how we participate in the seasons of our lives, the interplay and interconnectedness of all things that sustain our lives, the beauty and wisdom of unity in diversity, and the intricate patterns of every form of life. Celebrating, honoring, and learning from this Divine Gift is in a very real sense to reverence our own lives and the life of the planet, which depend on Nature's abundant bounty. May we share and care for Nature's gifts with equity and gratitude.

We do not see nature with our eyes

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understanding and our hearts . . .

~ by William Hazlitt

The grand show is eternal

The grand show is eternal.
It is always sunrise somewhere;
the dew is never dried all at once;
a shower is forever falling;
vapor is ever rising.
Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming,
on sea and continents and islands,
each in its turn,
as the round earth rolls.

~ by John Muir

Nature writes a fresh new chapter

Every spring Nature writes a fresh, new chapter in the Book of Genesis.

~ Anonymous

What we are looking for on earth

What we are looking for on earth and in earth and in our lives is the process that can unlock for us the mystery of meaningfulness in our daily lives. It has been the best-kept secret down through the ages because it is so simple. Truly, the last place it would ever occur to most of us to find the sacred would be in the commonplace of our everyday lives and all about us in nature and in simple things.


~ From THE DOVE IN THE STONE by Alice O. Howell

If only you sit and reflect on the wonders of nature

If you only sit and reflect on the wonders of nature, you will gradually begin to feel that everything happens by divine will and power.

~ by Papa Ramdas
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