For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. Rom. 1:20
Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent. – Rumi
This week, Donna Dunsmore led us on a contemplative walk. Before we left, she shared these thoughts:
• Over the centuries Christian monastic practice in both the East and West has accorded contemplation of nature an important role in spiritual growth.
• monastic tradition has stressed natural contemplation as the second important aspect of growth that prepares us to encounter God “face to face” without images or thoughts
• creation provides us many opportunities for noticing, and appreciating. When we start noticing, we often find things that lead us to ponder and wonder. It also can lead us into deeper experiences of God himself, those times when we sense a deep presence, peace or unity with all things Getting outside provides God the chance to reach us.
And prayed this prayer (from Celtic Daily Prayer – p. 169):
Lord, You alone know
What my soul truly desires
And you alone
Can satisfy those desires
Then we were sent off with these instructions:
As you walk to your spot, focus on gratitude.
( 2 options)
- Find one focus (rock, petal, leaf, tree bark…) and experience it with your senses
- Sit or stand in one spot and allow yourself to be part of creation around you (let your senses take it in)
For either 1 or 2:
Take in the experience with more than one sense
Allow the experience to enter your being
Trust that God is touching you in creation and that you are being filled