Meditate in Nature

Quiet and meditation are important spiritual disciplines. Meditation does not require a cushion, incense, quiet music.

Walking is a great physical posture for meditation. Walking around the block when I need a break from writing is refreshing. I can meditate on the problem I’m pondering and solutions just come to me.

Walking in the woods is even better.

We had the first hard freeze last night in western Ohio. We’ve had a beautiful autumn notwithstanding not having a hard frost early. Today Bev and I walked through the woods and hills of Bruckner Nature Center in nearby Troy. After a freeze, the air is clear. Breathing the fall air is a delight–cool, dry, full of the smells of fallen leaves. The underbrush is dead, so you can see through the woods and spot the white-tailed deer (we saw a few).

Meditating on nature, gratitude for God’s creation, it is refreshing to the soul to be out in God’s creation.

Psalm 104 sings gratitude and awe at God’s creation:

O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

…These all look to you

to give them their food in due season.

Once again science verifies Bible teachings when it studies people’s well being and discovers that it is healthy for the body and the spirit to be in nature and aware of the beauty.

Happy November. (And to my friends in South America and Australia, I guess it’s happy Spring.)

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