Nature & Spirituality

Yesterday I had the honour of being the guest speaker at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Billerica, Massachusetts. During the morning service I spoke about the need for better treatment of farm workers and during the afternoon I led a talk/discussion on Nature & Spirituality.

What an amazing discussion! We spoke about how nature provides us with the opportunity to be in the moment, to experience awe by just spending an hour out in the forest or in a park. Some of the many ways folks said they connected with the divine include being at the ocean, hiking or walking in the woods, being with friends, gardening, dancing, and playing music.

All of these have something in common: they happen in the moment. They are our small oasis moments from the busyness of the world. Many spiritual paths teach that in order to hear the “still small voice of the Divine” that we must cultivate a quietness. But I don’t believe that the quietness that is described means a literal quietness. To me, the quiet described refers to stepping back from the busyness to be in the moment.

It is my hope that each one of you takes some time to just be this week. Find that thing that makes you feel connected to the Oneness of the universe. Tap into it and allow your inner self to grow.

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