“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” ~ Eleonora Duse …
As a child, I spent the majority of my days outdoors–swimming, riding my bicycle, roaming the pastures, playing down by the field and tracks. Yet ever since I moved to the city, I find that I do not make it outside as often, perhaps only to exercise or do gardenwork; for as you may already know, being surrounded by the buildings, the noise, the people, and busyness of the city, it is easy to forget all about nature and the world all around us until we happen through a park or take a vacation. And since I spend most of my time indoors somewhere, my connection with nature has become a precarious one at best. However, I am working on that, and when I do have a moment to immerse myself in nature, I try to make the most of it and concentrate on forging a connection with the world around me.
And for many of us, this is not even an issue. Most are fine with how things are or already feel that our connection with the world around us is well enough. Often times this is because we have never truly experienced or felt the benefits of such a deep connection. The problem with this mindset, however, is that looking at things in such a way can lead to complacency and stagnation in our lives and in our souls. Eleonora hints towards the presence of this connection as an indication of the state of our spirits: the further we drift from the natural elements of this world, the shallower our lives become.
Our connection with all things is directly related to our experiences in life–the more we are able to connect with the world around us, the fuller our lives become. And when we are able to spend growing and nourishing that connection–recognizing it, feeling it, and appreciating it every day of our lives–it becomes an endless stream that can feed our souls even in the worst droughts. The cool rain or crisp autumn air can remind us that even when the heat becomes miserable… we are alive; and the world around us is alive as well and teeming with God’s presence and glory. Do not miss out on this. Find it, forge it, strengthen it, and share it with those around you.
Take some time to connect with the world around you.
Questions to consider:
How do many of us lose the ability to be awed and amazed at the natural world?
What do you most appreciate about the “simple things of nature?”
What does it mean to you to have a soul that is alive?
For further thought:
“He who understands nature walks close with God.” ~ Edgar Cayce, The Edgar Cayce Companion