Practicing Awareness.

30 Sep
My site coordinator sent this to me, and I thought it was worth sharing.

This is from Becca Stevens “Walking Bible Study: The Path of Peace”

John Elder, who wrote a beautiful treatise about why loving nature is a religious discipline said,
“Wilderness is not dependent upon a vast, unsettled tract of land. Rather, it is a quality of awareness, an openness to the light, to the seasons, and to nature’s perpetual renewal.”
To me that means we are called to see visions in the woods, not by changing the woods, but by changing the way we look at the woods. We can see God when we stand by the roots of an old and familiar tree, when we set boot on the bank of the great river Tigris, or when we find ourselves in deserted places we may not have chosen to travel. All the visions call us to peace and to not be afraid.

Nature is really about us being aware of what is around us and all its possibilities. It is about noticing subtle differences in the way the light shines or the different shades of green. It is beautiful to walk on huge, wild tracts of land; but it is not required to be in nature. We can practice being in nature, like any religious discipline, by practicing awareness.

As I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen…. He said, …”Do not be afraid.” -Daniel 10:4-12, NIV

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