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Mother Nature as our Teacher
    #3882696 - 03/07/05 03:27 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Tibetan Lamas teach that each of the five basic elements -- earth, water, fire, air, and space -- are goddesses. We can learn to transcend ourselves and be transported into a more splendidly divine reality through the dharma-gate (or spiritual access) offered by the naturally moving beauty and grandness of nature as well as through prayer, bowing, or contemplation in any great cathedral, temple, or mosque. Is there a loftier, more uplifting cathedral than a redwood forest or a massive mountain; any shrine or sanctuary more soulful than a vast, shimmering desert, or a sunset over the ocean?

Nature is the original fountain of knowledge, beauty, sustenance, and inspiration for all people around the globe. Mother Nature or Goddess Gaia is mother womb to all of us. She belongs to no one, and she belongs to us all. We should cherish her, just as she embraces and holds us. She gives herself unstintingly to us, every day, every moment. Life is a gift. We would do well not to squander it. 

Natural spirituality is all around us. We can hardly escape from it, although we do often tend to overlook it. I myself never feel more at home than when I am outdoors. It helps me almost effortlessly let go of everything and be totally present, centered, and in harmony with all things. My next door neighbor, who happens to be a Christian, says she never feels closer to heaven than when she is kneeling in her garden. This must be why Cardinal Newman wrote: "By a garden is meant mystically a place of spiritual repose, stillness, peace, refreshment and delight."

Walking, sitting or lying down outside is a beautiful way to connect with mother nature and join the lineage of nature mystics. The Buddha meditated almost entirely in forests and on mountain peaks, and he realized ultimate enlightenment while sitting beneath a tree in Bodh Gaya in the wilderness. Nature also exists, more discreetly, in cities too. Meditating outside is a wonderful way to reconnect with our true nature, and find our place in the bigger picture. The earth is like an altar; all beings are the gods and goddesses arrayed upon it. I myself make a practice of walking outside every morning, often with my dog alongside.

Shakespeare said: "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

According to the tantric or all-inclusive, non-dualistic view of Tibetan Buddhism: everything is sacred, all is holy, all are equal. Human and animal, all creatures -- all sentient beings, seen and unseen -- are manifestations embodying pure and untrammeled Buddha-nature. This sacred outlook or spiritual sight helps us re-enchant our everyday human lives.

Like children, we all are naturally endowed with luminous spirit or radiant heart; we only need to reconnect with what is already there, within us, and bring it more and more into our daily lives. The delivery system is called spiritual life, cultivating spirituality through practice, contemplation, prayer and unselfish action.  :heart::heart:


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Re: Mother Nature as our Teacher [Re: egghead1]
    #3883513 - 03/07/05 06:34 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I always feel peaceful harmony around water. Whenever I see water, meditation naturally happens. Sitting on the beach I don?t even have to try; it seems as if the waves do it for me, like an outer form of the inner tide of my breathing, washing everything away. Trying to close my eyes or concentrate there seems extra. Sit happens.

The best time of my day is walking my dog around the lake near my house. I can tell she thinks so too, because she can?t wait to go. Actually, she always reminds me of that possibility.

Tears water the soul. One tear of devotion or compassion can purify infinite transgressions.

My Tibetan friends say that water embodies the goddess Mamaki. Each natural element is like a goddess, and everything is sacred. Water reveals this truth to me, directly.

Water flows. it reminds me to allow things to proceed naturally, spontaneously, unhindered. Seeing the ripples on a pond or river helps melt my separate hard-and-fast self into oneness and intimate connection with everything, mysteriously returning me to myself and my groundless and boundless source.

If divinity were incarnate, I?d pick water as his or her way of being.  :heart:

"Nature is the only book I need to read."
Tibetan Yogi Milarepa, 11th century A.D.


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