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

Spring can be the most difficult season

Spring can be the most difficult season of the year catching us between the rising tide of life and the damp caverns of memory that lie among the sleepy roots of our being. It is time to attend the soil that has lain fallow for many months -- we are, after all, animated ground. April can be an agitating month, leaving us to ride out this new, insistent life from places inside us never before reached. Kites, in the driven skies, tug at thin strings that tether them to earth, just as our souls tug at our bodies. Swallows and purple martins dive heart-stoppingly into the emptiness. Something light and lithe in us responds. . . . We are, after all, much more than rational beings.

~ from AN ALMANAC FOR THE SOUL by Marv and Nancy Hiles

Walking this garden path into silence

Summer evenings –
Walking this garden path
Through bird-song
And fireflys
Into silence.

~ by Ronald Willis

Nature has some perfections

Nature has some perfections, to show us that she is the image of God; and some imperfections to show us that she is only God's image. . . .

~ by Blaise Pascal
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