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A Deep Friendship with a Landscape

“Is it not possible that a place could have huge affection for those who dwell there? Perhaps your place loves having you there. It misses you when you are away and in its secret way rejoices when you return.   Could it be possible that a landscape might have a deep friendship with you? That it could sense your presence and feel the care you extend towards it?   Perhaps your favourite place feels proud of you.” –John O’Donohue   If you have shared time with your “place’ at the […]

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Making Art Prayer

When we pray with art, we give form to spirit.  This kind of art is different that what you may have taken in art classes or workshops. Art as prayer is when we hear the voice of the Divine visually.  It is a prayer of awareness where this visual image communicates more deeply than words. When we create art as our prayer we direct our creativity as energy contributing to the world. When we play we open the door to “wonder” and “Awe”.  When wonder is awakened in us we […]

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Honoring the Natural World

Awaken to the divinity beneath your feet and to the divine in the sky that endlessly covers you. –Brenda Mallon The Truth of how little I need to be Happy grows in me. “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow cycles of Nature, is a help.” –May Sarton “I see” –Sue “Accept your dark side, understanding it will help you to move with the light. Knowing both sides of our souls, helps us all to move forward in life and to […]

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Happy Anniversary Forest Church

    If I had to sum up my experience of Forest Church in one word, it would be, relationship. When I began attending Forest Church I thought  it would be much like other spiritual classes just with the added bonus of being outside but it was so much more. The theme for the first Forest Church was “the world has a soul” it would take a long time for me to truly understand that. Over the past two years this relationship has grown, it has required my humility and […]

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Listen To The Forest . . . Gratitude

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer   “Of course! the path to heaven doesn’t lie down in flat miles. It’s in the imagination with which you perceive this world, and the gestures with which you honor it. –Mary Oliver   It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a […]

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Included in the Herd

Scientists tell us that everything we see, hear, touch is governed not by immutable laws but by relationship.  Touch.  Contact.  Connection . . . . Hardly daring to breath, I sat down, claiming my space in the Commons. For this one moment, included in the herd. –Mary R. Thompson SOMETIMES Sometimes if you move carefully through the forest breathing like the ones in the old stories who could cross a shimmering bed of dry leaves without a sound,  you come to a place whose only task is to trouble you […]

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A Sense of Place; A Solstice Celebration

“There is a great deal of talk these days about saving the environment.  We must, for the environment sustains our bodies.  But as humans we also require support for our spirits, and this is what certain kinds of places provide.  The catalysts that converts any physical location — any environment if you will into a place, is the process of experiencing deeply.  A place is a piece of the whole environment that has been claimed by feelings.  Viewed simply as a life-support system, the earth is an environment.  Viewed as […]

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Listen to the Forest week 2

We are surrounded by the sacred;  it is in the core of our being and in the Earth’s.  It is the essential nature of everything that is.  The “sacred” is not something primarily religious, or even spiritual.  It is not a quality we need to learn or to develop.  It belongs to the primary nature of all that is.   When our ancestors knew that everything they could see was sacred, this was not something taught but instinctively known.   It was as natural as sunlight, as necessary as breathing, […]

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Listen to the Forest

“There is an unaccountable solace that fierce landscapes offer to the soul.  They heal, as well as mirror, the brokenness we find within.” –B.C. Lane “For a relationship with landscape to be lasting, it must be reciprocal. At the level at which the land supplies our food, this is not difficult to comprehend, and the mutuality is often recalled in a grace at meals. At the level at which landscape seems beautiful or frightening to us and leaves us affected, or at the level at which it furnishes us with […]

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Reciprocity

“. . . as I move out into the world, I live out my uniqueness, but when I dare to look into my core, I come upon the one common center where all lives begin. In that center, we are one and the same. In this way, we live out the paradox of being both unique and the same. For mysteriously and powerfully, when I look deep enough into you, I find me, and when you dare to hear my fear in the recess of your heart, you recognize it […]

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