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What wisdom can you find in the natural world around you?

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This week's question asks:

What wisdom can you find in the natural world around you?

Take a look out your window, or better yet, take a long walk outside. What lessons can you find there? What wisdom wants to be transmitted to you? For this question, it might be easier to consider, "What does this tree what to tell me? What does the wind want to tell me?" Tune into the natural world as you inquire about what wisdom is held there.

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Sometimes I feel very connected to a tree ,the sky ,the water in the lake.My cells have oxygen that's come from nature.I feel more calm & comfortable when I sit by a lake or go for walk outdoors.I think that I'm part of this plannet.It's so beautiful to look at the stars & out ro the endless galaxies above ,We are all part of that.

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@Gillian Sanger- Thank you once again for the inquiry around what the natural world can offer us in terms of looking within and learning about ourselves.

I find that when I am outdoors, a few things sort of naturally (no pun) occur.  First, my senses of sight and hearing sharpen.  Colors look more vivid, shadows more pronounced, trees or birds against the sky more stark in their contrast.  Likewise, there is an increased listening as sounds that may be easily missed become more tangible, discernible.  In those experiences alone, there is wisdom.  Wisdom to pay attention, to open my awareness.

One thing I recall when I am more deliberate about leaning into the wisdom of nature is its expansiveness.  In the evening when I let my dog out once more before bed, I almost instinctively look up.  I breathe.  I remember that no matter what is happening in my life, on its small stage, that I am part of something infinite.

Be well-

Rachel

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Thank you for the beautiful reflections James and Rachel. Coming back to nature is perhaps the most expansive practice for me. Depending upon what I tune into while out in nature (or depending on what the season is), there are infinite lessons to be learned.

Today, as I look out my window, I am very aware of the impermanence of all things. Mild winter temperatures have arrived in Stockholm, which means the thick blanket of snow that once was is now seeping into the earth as water, preparing for spring. Nature today reminds me that all things come and go, stirring up a bittersweet feeling inside of me.

My daily walk is coming soon. I will tune in more when I get into that fresh 5 degree C air.

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I try to go for a walk everyday. I look into the sky & watch the clouds go by.sometimes I pretend that I'am sitting on the clouds & they are taking me along the sky for a ride.I know that Iam part of the air I breathe which is part of the clouds & the sky.

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Often I find myself drawn to the water or to the bush on our property. it feels like home to me when I am amongst the trees, I can feel the ancestors around that is very comforting to me. I am able to do some very clear thinking when I am in nature,  I could spend hours sitting with the tress and their vibrations.

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The gift of water.  It fills my kettle, fills my cup, fills my bucket, adds to paint to create a picture, aids my cooking, washes my clothes, collect rain from the clouds, have a shower, look at it in a lake and river and stream.  Water is the gift that keeps on giving and for which i am grateful.

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@Maralee - I, too, love being around trees. They are very symbolic to me of harmony and balance - deeply rooted and earthly while also connected to something 'higher' or ephemeral through their peaks and leaves.

@Kath - Ah yes, water is a true gift. As I think about water now, I feel my body wanting to move - to dance. Water reminds me to remain fluid and flexible.

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