Nurturing the Sacred

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Believe one who knows; you will find something greater in the woods than in books.  The trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.  Saint Bernard de Clairvaux

As I develop a deeper connection with nature, I am learning to hear the sacred wisdom it has for me. This knowledge allows me to reconnect to my own true nature.  It helps me see clearly and this shapes my understanding of life.  Nature is always showing me how to carve a pathway home to my true-self.

The Indigenous and Native Americans say that respecting our relationship with the earth is the cornerstone to our beliefs and spirituality, which in turn, informs the decisions we make everyday.

They believe that nature is sacred and from a young age, they learn to develop a close relationship with every part of her.  They call the earth ‘Mother’, the Sun ‘Father’, the Moon ‘Grandmother’ and the thunder ‘Grandfather.’

And they ask this of each other?

 “What is sacred in your life”

”How do you treat something that is sacred to you?”

“Where are you nurturing this sacred relationship?”

When I believe that something is sacred, I treat it with protection, love, compassion and care and I create space each day to nurture this relationship.

“Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.  Janine M Benyus

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40 thoughts on “Nurturing the Sacred

  1. Wonderful reminders Karen. I’ve found that approaching all life as sacred really shifts how I think and feel. And nature is a big part of the rootedness that helps me feel grateful and connected to something bigger.

  2. Karen I love this post! It’s one of my favorites. As a Christian I often walk a tightrope of conventional religion and the healing power of nature. So more recently I have focused on God as Creator, the One who loves and cares about us, because He made us. And now I am more open, and hopefully more compassionate as a result. Thank you for this post. Namaste!

  3. Beautiful post! It reminds me of a quote I shared on Instagram recently:

    “These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs.” ❤

    Thank you for sharing! 😀

  4. Especially like this post, Karen. Way way back in the day, I read so many of the Catholic mystics. They spoke to me much more directly than any dogma. So I’m glad to be reminded.

  5. This is one of the things that connects us so deeply, Karen. I love this. It’s kind of hard here, right now, finding balance between loving Her and being Grateful and in Happiness. That is activism in its own way, but there is a lot of activism with fierce peace needed here too. She is being bullied here right now, sad to say.
    Much love to your, dear Karen! ❤

  6. And even though she is being bullied Mary, never forget the impact we are having as we nurture and connect to Mother Earth each day. As I learn to focus more on what I am doing and less on what others are, I feel more peace. Much love 💚💚

  7. The more we understand the nature of things the more we understand the Maker of such things. Each blade of grass is unique. It may be one among millions; but is yet one blade. It, as well as any, can lead us to its Maker. And in that it is sacred.
    The Maker of all things has counted each hair on our heads, and knows each blade of grass.
    -Alan

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