“In these troubled times it is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility” ~ .Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder …
From the songs of the birds, to the ebb and flow of the oceans tide, to the journey of the seeds in the wind, the beauty of this Earth has a lot to offer and to teach us. Still, we have to make ourselves receptive to the ever-present beauties that surround us if we wish to experience them fully. And as Rachel points out, when it comes to contemplating the awesome glories of this Earth, wonder and humility are perhaps two of the most helpful traits that any one of us could espouse.
Wonder and humility turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. They change our perception of the routine world around us and make it breathtaking, and make a seeming casual moment an exceptional one. But as we get lost in the hustle and bustle of the days, we sometimes lose sight of the millions of miracles happening all around us, taking for granted everything this Earth and this life have to offer us. Yet they are there. And if we can become more aware of them, and find ways to maintain our focus on all the good that they add into our lives–adopting healthy habits that allow us to live our lives more fully–we will find ourselves filled with much more love, hope, compassion, joy, meaning, and purpose.
This world is anything but ordinary–providing us with a superabundance of beauty to inspire us–to motivate our minds, stimulate our bodies, and lift our souls, and to add a depth of divinity into our lives. And this Earth that supports us, can also help us to develop and maintain healthy perspectives about who we truly are within–perspectives that can help us to create truly inspiring lives out of all the gifts we have been blessed with. But the beauties of this Earth can only enrich our lives if we are willing to turn to her in purposeful contemplation.
Take a moment to reflect upon some of the beauties this world provides in your life.
Questions to consider:
What happens to us when we take things for granted?
What benefits can wonder and humility bring to your life? What can they bring to the lives of the people in your life?
Do you turn to the Earth in contemplation? If so, when? How might you do so more regularly?
For further thought:
“One of the hardest lessons we have to learn in this life, and one that many persons never learn, is to see the divine, the celestial, the pure in the common, the near at hand–to see that heaven lies about us here in this world.” ~ John Burroughs, The Writings of John Burroughs