How do I connect with Nature?In our hurried lives, it’s all too easy to pay scarce notice to nature, beyond a check of the weather. But what happens when we intentionally make space to slow down and really take notice of the many changes that the Earth shares with us, moment by moment? The rustle of a breeze. The warmth of the sunlight seconds before a cloud passes by. The final colors of a sunset just below it sets on the horizon. The Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh advises “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” Connecting reverentially with nature as a spiritual practice forces us into the present moment.
Nature will quiet your mind, open your heart and connect you with something that's much bigger than yourself. Connecting with nature connects you with the Divine.
The Gift of Connecting with Nature: Being Present
Just as the divine spark of creation lives within us, so too are we connected intrinsically to the natural world. In other words, nature is not separate from us, but a part of us – water, air, minerals, energy – we are made up of the same elements as make up the planet. When we think of nature as an extension of our bodies, we can bring the same mindful reverence to connecting mind-body and spirit to connecting to the natural world. This connection allows us to shift our perception and see the world from a whole other perspective.
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