Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
My relationship with nature and plants is almost like religion with me.
— Monty Cralley
Feeling connected to something outside of ourselves is important to our perception of life. And being alive assures us of many new situations. Maybe it’s a move to a smaller residence or our recovery from the death of a dear friend. Having to give up cherished possessions is a decision we all have to make at some point, too. But handling any of these circumstances is easier when we have a connection to the world around us; nature, for example, can always provide us with a sense of solace and familiarity.
The natural world comforts many of us. Just noting the cycle of life in the trees and plants helps us to remember that everything changes. Everything is transformed, but life and beauty are still present if we look for it. When we’re feeling lonely, it helps to remember that God is still present and evident in the miracle of the natural world.
It doesn’t matter how we define God or if we do at all. God may speak to us through the swaying tree branches or through people. Or we may get a glimmer of God in a passage in a book. That we do sense something larger and external to ourselves is what matters at the end of the day.
I will continue nurturing my spiritual side today.
This will comfort me.
You are reading from the book:
Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey