I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.
The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything!
-Julian of Norwich
I exist under trees,
I walk in the woods out of necessity ...
What I wear is pants. What I do is live. How I pray is breathe ...
Up here in the woods is seen the New Testament:
That is to say, the wind comes through the trees and you breathe it. -Thomas Merton
Clear in the ancient faith, what we need is here.
And we pray
not for new earth or heaven,
but to be quiet in heart, and in eye clear. What we need is here.
-Wendell Berry, 'The Wild Geese'
As humans we are born of the Earth, healed by the Earth.
The natural world tells us: I will feed you, I will clothe you, I will shelter you, I will heal you….
…I offer you a communion with the divine,
I offer you gifts that you can exchange with each other,
I offer you flowers whereby you may express your reverence for the divine and your love for each other.
In the vastness of the sea, in the snow-covered mountains,
in the rivers flowing through the valleys,
in the serenity of the landscape,
and in the foreboding of the great storms that sweep over the land,
in all these experiences I offer you inspiration for your music, for your art, your dance.
-Thomas Berry, Evening Thoughts