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How can we ever know the difference we make to the soul of the earth? Where the infinite stillness of the earth meets the passion of the human eye, invisible depths strain towards the mirror of the name.

In the word, the earth breaks silence. It has waited a long time for the word. Concealed beneath familiarity and silence, the earth holds back and it never occurs to us to wonder how the earth sees us. Is it not possible that a place could have huge affection for those who dwell there?

Perhaps your place loves having you there. It misses you when you are away and in its secret way rejoices when you return. Could it be possible that a landscape might have a deep friendship with you? That it could sense your presence and feel the care you extend towards it? Perhaps your favorite place feels proud of you.

We tend to think of death as a return to clay, a victory for nature. But maybe it is the converse: that when you die, your native place will fill with sorrow. It will miss your voice, your breath and the bright waves of your thought, how you walked through the light and brought news of other places.

Perhaps each day our lives undertake unknown tasks on behalf of the silent mind and vast soul of nature. During its millions of years of presence perhaps it was also waiting for us, for our eyes and our words. Each of us is a secret envoi of the earth.

from Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

Rediscovering the True Sources of Compassion, Serenity, and Hope

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One Response to “The Soul of Nature”

  1. April 17, 2019 at 5:54 pm, Mark David Vinzens said:

    The planet is a living spiritual being of which we are a part. This is the ancient teaching of all the saints and sages, poets and prophets. The reality of the magical and miraculous is never far away: everything reveals the glory of God. Every raindrop, every blade of grass is a love letter. The world is the Great Conversation of the Divine and you are invited, with infinite intimacy and unspeakable joy.

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