Wednesday Meditation: In the Forest

Thank you for joining me for the third day of my Eco-Spirituality class project. Since I was introduced to the practice of praying the Daily Office, I have loved the idea of pausing according to the rhythm of the day. Our lives can be so busy that we don’t take the time to take a break from our hurriedness and notice the beauty around us. These meditations serve as reminders to pause and reflect as the day begins, at midday and in the evening (click on images to enlarge). Subscribe to @DailySeasons to receive them via Twitter.

In the Forest
by Thich Nhat Hanh

The community of trees –
thousands of bodies
with a human body among them.
Branches and leaves are waving.
Then the call of the creek,
and my eyes open to the sky of the great Mind.
A smile is seen
on every leaf.

The forest is here,
because the city is down there.
But Mind has gone with the trees
and put on a new green dress.

The sunshine is in the leaves.
The leaves are the sunshine.
The sunshine is no different from the leaves.
The leaves are no different from the sunshine.
All other forms and sounds
are of the same nature.

from Call Me By My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh

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  1. Yes! I feel grateful to live near such a beautiful park. When I have appointments downtown, I either ride my bike or park my car on the far side so I make sure I get to enjoy it.

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