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I grew up in a big city and I would always look forward to the summers when I could go and explore the country with my parents – mostly in the mountains in the far North and far East of India. My childhood memories are full of traveling the remote regions of the Himalayas, of rising mountains flanked by steeped valleys and flowing rivers.

Sitting silently,
Doing nothing.
Spring comes,
And the grass grows by itself.
– Osho (1931-1990)

Nature, and all its elements, have been a source of inspiration, awe, and even fear, for man since time immemorial. In the days before science started to occupy our consciousness by inventing more and more sophisticated tools to engage our minds and bodies, nature was perhaps our only source of information.

We perhaps observed nature more carefully when we weren’t subject to all the modern day distractions. Our external observations led to insights which helped us understand our thoughts and moulded our words and actions. I wonder if we have always tried to draw parallels between our inner nature and the forces of nature that exist around us.

The uplifting nature of a sunrise and the calmness of a sunset. The fury of a  thunderstorm followed by the beauty of a rainbow. The blooming of cherry blossoms and the falling of leaves. Nature always seems to have a message for us when we take a pause to truly observe with intention.

One impulse from a vernal wood,
May teach you more of man
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
– William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Are we too busy to pay attention to nature these days? What lessons can observations of nature teach us? How can nature help us with our spiritual growth?

I invite you to come and share your thoughts with the #SpiritChat community on Sunday February 12th at 9am ET/2pm GMT. The topic will be “Nature and the Spirit”. We will try to focus on one element of nature – The Earth. However, knowing the nature of the SpiritChat conversations, one never knows which way the conversations may turn 🙂

Take a few moments. Stop what you are doing and look outside your window. Nature beckons to you.

It is the greatest show on Earth.

Kumud @Ajmanik