nature

A Fish Not Even Gold

A few years ago in my garden I built two shallow lily ponds and put goldfish into them. They multiplied. But dogs tore the liner and ruined the ponds, so in the fall I drained them and gave away the fish.

Later that fall, much rain fell, and in the winter, much snow. Two or three inches of water formed in the bottom of the pools. It must have been frozen solid for at least a month and must have frozen solid and thawed a number of times. There may have been times when the pools were dry.

Perfection

In this broad earth of ours
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed of Perfection.

The great mystic-poet Walt Whitman, in his “Song of the Universal,” expressed a truth that most of us recognize as an ideal but not as reality. We perceive that somewhere within us exists that spark of divinity, the “seed of Perfection.” Jesus, however, said, “You, therefore, must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

The Nature of God

The Nature of God

I stood looking at the vast expanse of mountains, the cool breeze against my skin. This moment was another experience with nature as the essence of God. In my mind once again I am reminded of the awe and wonder of this magnificent creation of God, Alaska. As I walked through a beautiful field of Alpine and other wild flowers, the words from the song written by Marie Drake are on my lips, "May it mean to you, the blue of the sea, the evening sky, the mountain lakes, and the flowers near by." While the writer was referring to Alaska's flag, for me it was much more. It was a continuation of truth unfolding in my life.

The Sower

The Sower

Throughout the ages, the great thinkers, philosophers, and spiritual masters have talked about a higher realm of awareness within us—a state of mind, a way of thinking, a type of perception—where we experience the ultimate sense of well-being. The Buddhists call this higher realm of awareness Nirvana. They describe it as being like a gentle breeze that finds all things worthy of caress. The Hindus consider this awareness a mystical union with Brahman, their chief God. The Zoroastrians call it paradise, and they say the loveliest becomes lovelier.

The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

Negative thoughts are like the little foxes mentioned in the Bible that destroy the vineyard. If such thoughts are not denied expression they may grow in numbers and destroy a portion of the crop of good things that are growing into fruition in your life. God has planted fruitful vines in the vineyard of your soul; you must not let the little foxes of negative thought destroy them. ...

Beholding Heaven on Earth

Beholding Heaven on Earth

When I was a teenager growing up in Cardiff, Wales, I would often go on walks to the hills that surrounded the city. It was a beautiful area of farms, meadows and heavy woodland. …

What made this place so significant for me? … Something in my soul responded to the quiet beauty of this ordinary place, and I felt as though I were beholding a part of nature’s mystery and order. Arising from my simple watchfulness, I always felt renewed and ready to go back to the world of football games, school and girlfriends with a greater sense of possibility. Today I would probably call my time gazing at the streams in the wood mystical experiences, moments of recognition where inside and outside, Spirit and matter are one.

Behold Beauty Everywhere

Behold Beauty Everywhere

A Beauty on the Land       

There lies a beauty on the land,
but it is hard to understand
what is the glory in the sky
and on the stranger passing by.
The small sun does not rise or set;
the pavement glistens onyx-wet;
the little lights shine here and there;
a winter damp is in the air.
Yet all the gray familiar places,
all the streets and all the faces,
wear a look of faraway.
It is an ordinary day,
yet everywhere I look I find
a beauty that I passed by blind
an hour ago. Sometimes I think
we spend our life on beauty's brink
and never open up our eyes
to see how warm, how close it lies.

Open Your Life to Beauty

Open Your Life to Beauty

What beauty have you seen today? Have you watched the sunrise? Have you listened to beautiful music? Have you observed beautiful flowers? There are many places to find beauty—in people, in nature and in things. Wherever we are, we are able to perceive beauty if we are looking for it and are tuned in to the idea of beauty.

Learn to look at all things with the idea of finding something beautiful. Learn to look beyond the appearances to see the underlying splendor.