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As the seasons change, and we look towards Nature to lead us from winter into spring (or summer into autumn), the idea that “change is the law of the universe” is brought front and center into our consciousness in no uncertain terms. The transformation of our outer environment turns our senses outwards, as we admire the persistence with which Nature and her natural laws are executed repeatedly with such precise timing and consistency. Over the decades and centuries, the physical sciences have worked mightlily to explain nature and her beauty and her phenomenon. One of the primary tools used by the sciences, and their practitioners, has been “a sense of wonder” instilled by observing nature at work and play.

Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of Nature – Michael Faraday
(discovered the laws governing electricity and magnetism)

Nature hides her secret because of her essential loftiness, but not by means of ruse – Albert Einstein (proposed the Theory of Relativity)

It isn’t just natural scientists who have been entranced by nature over the centuries. Any number of artists, musicians, writers and poets have derived inspiration from their observations of Nature. One would presume that outer observation led scientists and artists to inner contemplation, which in turn produced greater awareness, and flashes of creativity not too dissimilar to the lightning storm in a mid-summer night’s dream.

Spring vignette

How Strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! – Emily Dickinson (poet)

Nature, even when she is scant and thin outwardly, satisfies us still by the assurance of a certain generosity at the roots. – Henry David Thoreau (writer).

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty. – John Ruskin (writer)

Even though we may not completely understand their workings, we know that certain natural laws are immutable. The fact that death shall follow birth, is perhaps one example. The fact that night follows day, and day follows night, is another. The fact that when we put a seed in fertile ground, and it is nourished by water and sunlight, makes the seed grow. The beauty of these natural laws lies in their simplicity. There are no complicated theories that need to be postulated to verify these natural laws, and no amount of belief or disbelief is necessary for their validity.

If there are simple laws that govern external nature, it is safe to say that there are certain simple laws that govern inner nature too. When we think positive thoughts for ourselves and others, we plant seeds of positivity. When we act with kindness towards ourselves and others, we plant seeds of kindness. When we experience prosperity in our lives, we harvest seeds of goodness and kindness that we planted at an earlier time. When we sit in silence and stillness, even for a few minutes a day, we extend an invitation to inner peace to pay us a visit. Is there any doubt in your heart and mind athat this inner peace plants seeds of peace in the world at large?

If we are to acknowledge that the “law of nature is change”, then there is wonderful news for us. For if the law holds in the external physical world, there is no reason that it does not hold true in our inner world. We can choose to change whatever prevents us from planting seeds of good words, good thoughts, good actions, and inner peace. If we feel that we are “weak”, and cannot change by ourselves, we can seek help from our friends, our families, our communities. Nature teaches us that there is strength in community, and symbiosis is a very effective way forward…

What are your thoughts on inner and outer nature? Even though Nature is a great teacher, do you think that all of her lessons are applicable “as is” to us humans? What possible lesson(s) can the apparent ruthlessness of Nature (natural disasters) teach us? How does our inner nature get affected by the evil nature and action of others? I invite you to join us in our weekly twitter conversation, Sunday March 29th at 9amEDT in #SpiritChat, to discuss these questions, and more.

Namaste,

Kumud

Quote Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Nature

Q1. The transition from winter/spring and/or summer/autumn. How does that make you feel within? #SpiritChat 

Q2. Most of us enjoy a universal love for mother #Nature. What is it about her that evokes this? #SpiritChat 

Q3. Which 'element' of Nature tends to influence you the most? Fire, Earth, Air, Water, or...? Why so? #SpiritChat 

Q4. What are some 'natural laws' that we learn as children? How do they serve us as we grow older? #SpiritChat 

Q5. "Nature abhors a vacuum." -François Rabelais // How does this relate to our inner nature? Does it? #SpiritChat 

Q6. #Nature is a great teacher, but, do we need to adopt all her lessons? Why or why not? #SpiritChat 

Q7. How does our inner nature get affected by the 'evil' nature and action of others? Does it? #SpiritChat 

Q8. What does Nature teach about truth, equality and justice? #SpiritChat 

Q9. To those trying to synchronize their inner nature with outer Nature, you would say... #SpiritChat

Q10. Share the work of your inner nature with the world, the community... Thank you! #SpiritChat