Everything we need to know for life is right here.
All the divine revelations we may travel far and wide to seek
are right here, just outside the window.
The wisdom of the ages
lies in the sage advice offered by nature.
All the heavenly wisdom we need can be found
in the bounty of this Sacred Universe.
Open your eyes, ears, and heart.
Immerse yourself in the beauty that surrounds you.
Listen and it will teach you.*
*Excerpted from Awakening the Spirit Within
One of my favorite spiritual practices is to connect with nature to plug into my sacred knowing. Grab a pen and paper and I will show you how to do this.
Take yourself out into the natural world—a wooded path, beside a stream or at the shore's edge—or simply sit beneath a tree.
Calm and center yourself. Feel your body in this wonderful place. Be fully in your body, aware of your breath, aware of all your senses. Listen intently. Look deeply.
And when you are suitably relaxed and connected, select a specific something (a bird, a tree, a flower) to be the purveyor of guidance.
Focusing on your choice, connect yourself with it through breath and heartfulness. Then ask it a question:
What would you like me to know right now?
And wait for the answer to come. It will.
Record the answer in your journal and then relax into the process of receiving and writing, allowing yourself to receive more insights and to scribe them.
When you are done scribing, sit back, rest into what has been revealed to you. Know that you have been given good guidance. Give thanks for what you have received.
Nature's bounty extends to its willingness to serve as a guide for out soul ...
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.