Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Silent beauty

burning bush in full meditative colour
You don't have to go very far to see the serenity of nature praying.
You just have to keep your eyes wide open to see the possibilities.


Dustin said...

Love the photo and the words.

I was recently listening to a sermon, and the pastor mentioned that we, in the westerner world, often have this idea that we can either worship alone or in community. His point was that we never truly worship alone, because when we engage in the act of worship, we are joining together with all those who are engaged in that very act throughout the world. In addition, we also join with nature in giving praise and honor to God. I thought it was a very interesting thought.

Anonymous Boxer said...

oh, oh, I've never thought of this. Amazing photo and I'm so inspired.

Open Grove Claudia said...

Gosh that's beautiful. As a native Californian, I'm always so amazed with the depth of color trees can have.

Marja said...

Very beautiful. Yes when we open our eyes we are surrounded by beauty.

Awareness said...

Dustin....I love that thought. It soothes me when I awake in the middle of the night....knowing that there are others awake for many many reasons makes me feel connected.

I was also thinking reading your comment about an experience a good friend just took part in. She travelled to India to immerse herself in a Oneness spiritual retreat. For 21 days, she joined people from all over the world meditating and learning how to perform "oneness blessings" as a way to promote the idea that we are not alone......that we are all one. Theres a little more to it than that, but if you googled the term "oneness" you could glean a more in depth explanation of it. The experience was very meaningful to her and she has begun spiritual sessions in her home to promote the messages.

Hey Anon.....I hadn't really thought about it much actually until I took the picture. It reminded me of a praying mantis....the leaves look like they are bowing in reverence. The thought came from my interpretation.......it seemed life like.

Hi Claudia. The colours here are so vivid right now, that honest to God, they seem like a cheap acrylic painting if you didn't know they were real! It always blows me away.....every year.

Marja......Nature has always expressed that message to me, but more so now that I have my digital camera. It has been such fun to capture images and then SEE them right away. I love the instant gratification of it. :)

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

what was it the great John Muir said,

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

amen, what a prayer...

Awareness said...

How I could use a week in the woods. I do my best to stop and appreciate the beauty during my daily travels for work, but a WHOLE week in the woods sounds DIVINE!

Beautiful prayer...... thank you Paul.