May 1


Today's Quotation:

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.

John Muir

Today's Meditation:

Nature can give us much more than we could ever imagine, but most of us tend not to be ready to take what it has to offer.  I think that's partly because we aren't taught how to take it and make it our own, how to let nature calm us down or lift our energy levels.  We learn to take it for granted, to see it as something apart from ourselves rather than something of which we're an important part.

I used to live in a place that had a beautiful forest about a mile away.  When I'd go running, the mile getting to the forest was okay, but as soon as I entered the woods, things changed.  My energy level would go up immediately, which I believe was caused by the higher level of oxygen in the air (after all, that's what trees do, isn't it-- create oxygen that allows us to survive?).  The trees were great company as I ran, and the paths took me through beautiful scenes and showed me some amazing stuff, including deer, frogs, snakes, birds, and many other animals and parts of the natural world.

The forest gave much to me, but only because I was willing to accept it and acknowledge it.  I was able to forget for a time the cars and concrete and pollution and noises of the so-called "civilized" world, and enjoy the peace and serenity of the "wild."

And when we think about it this way, isn't it somehow surprising that we call our world of stress and hurry and pressure "civilized"?  And at the same time, we call the forests  and the natural world that gives us so much peace the "wild"?  For some reason, the logic of this escapes me.

Questions to ponder:

1.  What is the source of "Nature's peace"?

2.  How peaceful is most of our time in the places we live and work?

3.  Do you take advantage of all that Nature has to offer you?  If not, what keeps you from doing so?  What could you gain from spending more time with/in the natural world?

For further thought:

Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God.  Think of all the beauty thatís still left in and around you and be happy!

Anne Frank

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