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musings from linda 10/6/23

“Earth is crammed with heaven,” declared Elizabeth Barrett Browning —

“And every common bush is afire with God …”

Isn’t THAT the truth??? — especially in a New England autumn!!

Have you ever had the feeling of being absolutely AT ONE and CONNECTED intimately with the universe? For me, it most often happens when I am out in nature —

… watching sunlight shimmering on water…

… trolling through a forest of towering trees…

…going into the face of a beautiful flower…

…resting by a babbling brook…

It is then that the words of medieval mystic Mechtild of Magdeburg (1207 - 1282) resonate in my soul:

“The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw,

And I knew that I saw —

All things in God and God in all things.”

Even though we all reap HUGE benefits to mind, body and spirit by spending time outside in nature, our modern lifestyles often keep us inside. Researchers say that that most of us spend 90% of each day INDOORS! When we are separated from nature, we begin to feel LESS connected and ultimately LESS responsible for protecting Mother Earth. But our planet is in trouble — and we are running out of time to fix it…

For centuries, Native American wisdom has spoken of the interrelatedness of all creation — wisdom which is celebrated in an anthem which has become a favorite of our choir — ALL THINGS ARE CONNECTED — composed by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. (click this link for a previewChoir will sing it this Sunday!)

“All things are connected…whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it.

Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves…. THIS we know.

Only after the last tree is cut down, and the last river is poisoned will we find that money can’t be eaten.”

Let us each ask ourselves… “What CHANGES can I — and my family — make to take better care of our world… Starting TODAY???“


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