Sunday, May 8, 2011

Nature as Elixir of Peace

(This article was first published in March 2007 Metta Center email newsletter.)

Nature has always inspired the feelings of peace and joy in me. However, I haven't always understood the value of spending time in it and accessing the magic it offers.

There were times where beautiful days, rain or shine, were presented to me and I didn't even notice because my focus was elsewhere (to past, present and future problems). That was my old habit.

One day, it dawned on me that I have this programming to fix all of my problems before I allow myself to be at peace. I realized that this programming had been in place because it was useful at some level. It had kept me from being too lackadaisical and complacent, and from running away from my issues and not dealing with them. So, it served me a great and holy purpose. Since this programming no longer served me, I decided to clear it by first thanking it for its loyal service and send it to the Light for release. Next, I claim my new programming by affirming my right to be at peace, in all ways, and to feel peaceful even in the midst of problems.

I read a quote from Theodore Rubin which says: "The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem." I thought he was right on!

I remembered how much better I always felt after I had been outdoors and engaged with nature. I decided to make that my practice and it has turned out to be a profoundly powerful and beneficial elixir for me to be in touch with peace.

Connecting with nature is a cornerstone practice for my day now. I make it a practice to commune with some part of nature that is accessible to me, at least 2-3 times a day for 5-10 minutes each. Where I live, the wind, sun, sky, hills, grass and trees all speak to me of love and peace. My garden offers a wonderful collection of colors and scents which delight my senses. Whenever I feel stressed, taking the time to connect with nature, even if it's just for 3-5 minutes, does wonders for me.

Nature has been a graceful and supportive teacher to me. It gently reminds me to direct my focus to what is important to me: Peace.

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