Meditation and Nature
by Stephen Cottee
An opportunity to develop your awareness and relationship with yourself and your natural environment.
A way of talking with Nature and learning to attend to her needs.
Consider that when you breath, a piece of the sky is inside your body.
You are a part of Nature, not separate from her.
You are affected by the sun, the cycles of the moon, the weather, the energy of the land and the quality of the water and air.
To abuse Nature is to abuse yourself. To love and heal Nature is to love and heal yourself. And to love and heal yourself will likewise love and heal Nature.
As a human being you are a very special part of Nature. You are the part of Nature which can think, feel, be aware and make conscious choices.
Nature is alive and intelligent. If you are humble, aware and love Nature she will teach you many things. But first you must learn her language.
If you become aware enough Nature may choose to communicate with you. This communication can happen on two levels – physical observation and spiritual (or symbolic) interpretation.
Physical: You may notice that the trees in a particular area look sick or thirsty, or that the soil is eroded.
Spiritual / Symbolic: A bird may show you how being observant allows you to seize opportunities. Water might teach you how by being flexible you can flow around obstacles. (Polluted water shows our inner waters (emotions) are not clear and clean). The Sun may teach you how to be born anew after a dark time in your life.
Over time, if you listen and treat Nature as an intelligent friend who speaks her own language, she will teach you many things. She may even teach you how to take better care of her.
© 2005 The School of Life