Adapting to Nature

Updated: May 5

I’ve adapted to the pandemic, masks and distances, living with the uncertainties, the outside versus the inside, all of it part of daily life. The sufferable silence of those who struggle. The cacophony of life going on no matter what.

Here we are with bursting blossoms and unfurling green, warmer weather and rain showers, the familiar signs of rebirth, of spring. I welcome the ease of warmth. I relax in the uncertainty.

Nature is the steady guiding hand through each hour, each day. Nature offers comfort in one moment while threatening mood swings the next. Always there like the eyes gazing back at me in the mirror. I am there, present, wanting to meet me fully. I am willing. I am steady.

Sometimes I get in the way. Sometimes I cooperate. I learn to trust. I patiently gaze. I breathe in the presence of me in the backdrop of nature, like the Universe’s parent, guiding and supporting. My eyes are the windows of my soul. I’m seeing nature.

I am the tree and the bird and the fish in the sea. I am part of you and you are part of me. It’s all a matter of acceptance and trust in believing we are one. Nature welcomes me.

The Path of Heart takes Courage by Carolyn Riker

The sky is calling me again. It’s an invitation of numinous sorts. The evening’s oranges blend with the pinkest pinks. While morning’s halos of grays serendipitously let me think.

Not ordinary, they seem to say. You’re okay being who you are. Clearing space to be whatever it is that asks you to explore.

Such as essential truths, known from the beginning of time, punctuated with synchronistic incantations. To me, these feelings are reassuring as much as life’s stages mirror the seasons.

Winter swells below the sea. Spring lights lightly on lemon-green leaves. Summer’s sorcery fires her fiery veracity. Autumn channels foliage likened to a soul’s key.

And as if this isn’t enough there’s always more. The abundance of intricate interpersonal connections which stymie, invigorate, and titillate helping us to see how the facets of our totality are an epic holiness revealing our inner profundity.

Participants' Reflections:

  • Thank you so much. It’s such a wonderful reminder that there’s a whole world out there. I was joking with a friend yesterday that I haven’t been out of the house in a year. It’s practically true. I go outside to have breakfast on the deck and I’m shocked that there is air outside, so alive and full and nurturing. Your reading is a reminder to me to not just fight for the life of our planet but to actually experience it and live in it as well. Staying cooped up in the house just stuffs up my nose, so it’s a cleansing thing to go out into nature. I love the reminder of that. Thank you.

  • Talking about nature, I always leave my front door open in order to look out. We have a beautiful cherry tree that is in full gorgeous bloom, and the rain and that color of rain where everything is green. I thought immediately of my daughter who is so joyous in life. She bubbles with life and since she was a child she loves to go out in the rain, to go out and feel it. You reminded me of how wonderfully beautiful life is and how lucky I am to have such a joyous entity in my sphere.

  • I came in late because I was doing some cleaning. Something kept telling me to come here because when I come here, I hear messages. I ask questions and if I put myself in places to hear answers, I do. Often, this is the group where I hear answers. My question was related to my plans for today. I am supposed to travel to visit a friend but I woke up feeling I didn’t want to do that, that I want to continue to isolate and stay home. I came in late so I only heard the last piece which was about getting out and being in connection with people. I smiled and said thank you. It’s all I needed to hear, and it set me off in meditation to remember go inside and understand what is happening for me. Being on Zoom is great, and reading is great, and when an opportunity for real connection happens, grab that. It’s going to be unfamiliar but notice my feelings of anxiety and let them go. Thank you.

  • Your reading resonated with me so much. Nature and animals are my constant comfort. It can be painful too. I don’t know what I would do without nature and animals. I don’t swim, but I float in it. When I used to go into buildings to work, which were all steel and industrial and had a total lack of nature, it was hard. I am so grateful to be in nature. I put a package out for UPS to pick up yesterday, and I added a note on it. I drew a tree with color pencils and wrote thank you, hope you have a good day. I didn’t care what anyone else thought if they saw it. I enjoyed it and hopefully it will bring a little smile to the person who picked it up because I know they work hard.