Many people have deep spiritual experiences by taking on physical challenges outdoors that push their bodies to the limit. Intensive, lengthy times in nature test us, challenge us, and transform our spiritual lives. But these experiences aren’t for everybody.
You don’t necessarily have to undergo a months-long pilgrimage, hike the Appalachian Trail, or even go camping for a weekend to reap the benefits of time in nature. The beauty of practicing spirituality in nature is that we can benefit from only a little bit of time in nature. Even a few minutes of time in nature during a busy day can help us feel refreshed, calmer, and more energetic.
The practice of spirituality in nature is accessible to virtually everyone. You don’t need any special equipment. You don’t necessarily have to go very far from where you are at this very moment. You don’t have to spend money or invest more than a few minutes of your time to spend quiet time in nature, listening to God.
All you really need is a thirst for the peace that passes all understanding, the lifting of all burdens, the freedom from all problems and obstacles to peace of mind. To find quiet time in the beauty of the wilderness, we can simply wander around the backyard, take a walk through a park, or enter a garden. We can do this by simply going to the lake for the weekend to get away from it all and find some peace among the fish, the chirping birds, and the pine trees.
We can find our peace. We can find harmony by joyfully immersing ourselves in the wonders of the natural world, growing into the creation which God made. All we have to do is step outside.
This blog post is an edited excerpt from Considering Birds & Lilies. Copyright 2017 Cynthia Coe.
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