When summer arrives, we all think of vacations, breaks from school and routine, and leisure. I was thinking about "breaks" this past week as I contemplated taking a few days for myself away from this work that I love. And that in turn got me thinking...
However you choose to take a break from routine, make it a special occasion that feeds you, mind, body and spirit, and really enjoy this summer.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am very connected to nature and animals. I credit my mother with planting that seed! I love the variety of birds that enjoy my feeders – their songs and chatter, their bright colors, their little birdie personalities. I absolutely love pets – I’m often much more comfortable sitting on the floor playing with critters than I am at a dinner party.
And I feel truly honored to have encounters with other non-domestic animals. I feel that they all have something to teach and communicate, and believe that they are far more connected to the energetic spirit world than we are.
I have one cat (down from three) who I love greatly, but it’s important to me to get dog-hugs often (here's me communing with my friend Patti's kids), and to connect with the birds and squirrels around me.
My own belief is that the God-Force (whatever term you like to use) created this incredibly beautiful earth and the creatures within it. We must respect them as intelligent beings with souls and purposes of their own, just as valid as our own.
How do you connect with the natural world? I'd love to hear from you - comment below!
For me, God is in the dirt…and the green things, and the creatures. Every day I see the miracles of this wonderful co-creation called Earth. Especially in the spring here in NE Ohio, I treasure the refreshment, the re-emergence of life we experience. As I type this, the birds are singing, the grass is vivid emerald, and the trees outside my window are soft with baby leaves.
As we know, everything is energy, and now especially I am grateful for the increased activity in nature, after a long and bitter winter of nature’s rest.
Isn’t it a miracle that the changing light – a miracle itself – triggers such amazing change in the natural world? For those of you who garden, isn’t it a miracle to watch a seed push through the soil to reach that light? What causes that? What innate intelligence creates that growth?
Whatever you choose to believe, savor the growth, the spring, the dirt. Value it for the gift that is the natural world. And do what you can to preserve it!