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The blessings of Nature

JoAnn and I bought an outdoor love seat earlier this year and installed it on the front porch of our townhome. It’s one of my favorite spots. I love stretching out my long legs on the loveseat and immersing myself in a bit of outdoor ambience.

Two large trees, a magnificent blue spruce and an equally magnificent fir, keep me company. The blue spruce is only about 15 feet away, the fir about 30 feet away at a higher level. I enjoy communing with these trees, and I'm quite sure they enjoy communing with each other. Who knows, maybe one of these days I'll become a tree whisperer.

Some wild bunnies usually keep me company too. They make their home under our porch and find the grass around the spruce tree especially tasty. As long as I don't make any sudden moves, they usually tolerate me when I go outside to spend a few minutes on our love-seat in my 'outdoor room.'

How steadfast is Nature. How good is Nature. In these sometimes worrying and upsetting times, I am so grateful for the blessings that Nature brings into my life.

Do you have any thoughts or experiences with Nature you’d like to share? Would love to hear from you.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Neil Salka October 17, 2016 at 5:21 pm

All-ways a pleasure to be in the lords creation. walks, hiking. i have some favorite trees that feel good to touch; white pine with their long soft green needles. the Natives call trees “sacred standing people.” so you’re praying with them and offering thanks to the creator. no wonder the bunnies hang out with you too. the colors of the leaves now is wonderful to behold. have scottie beam me over so we can have a nice chat on your love-seat.

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Christopher Foster October 18, 2016 at 10:11 am

Neil, you’re one cool guy. Thank you for sharing your love and your irrepressible spirit. I hadn’t heard about Native peoples calling trees ‘sacred standing people,’ it’s beautiful. We really are one with this entire creation, aren’t we.

I’ll definitely look into the possibility of having you beamed over, but I’m not very good at technological things, and I’m glad that if I can’t make it work we can still keep on chatting via the ether. Be brave bro.

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Rick October 17, 2016 at 6:06 pm

I appreciate how the trees bend with the wind with no damage done. Their flexibility gives little resistance against the wind. A good lesson for me that I have not yet learned.

I love the animals, domestic and wild all living even if struggling to survive, still clearly God’s friends, surrendering gracefully. I have seen it many times that in the last moment they know to let go and move into the next experience even though they do not know what that is. Trust. Another lesson. I am grateful.

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Christopher Foster October 18, 2016 at 10:38 am

It’s good to hear from you Rick. Thank you so much for your comment. Your words and thoughts are very moving and very touching and I thank you for sharing them with me and everyone who reads them. There really is so much we can learn from Nature, isn’t there.

I’m especially touched by your words about animals and how gracefully they handle the challenges that life brings to them. A lesson in trust indeed. Love and best wishes to you Rick.

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Allura Westly October 17, 2016 at 6:46 pm

I am an artist/teacher who is always looking for inspiration and a way to clear my auric field from all the diverse energy i tend to carry with me.

Going into nature is a place called Sedona where I hike into the Canyons with my hubby of 30 years. I feel the winds blowing my energy field clean and being in this vortex provides me with a healing of mind body and spirit like no other that I have ever known. Blessings Always

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Christopher Foster October 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

Thank you so much for your comment Allura. I could pretty well feel the winds whistling thru the canyons, bringing healing and renewal in their wake just as you describe. Love to you and your hubby. It’s good to be sharing this adventure with you.

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Bonnie Palombo October 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

I am thankful that I was able to visit you and JoAnn in your home some time ago; I can picture your trees when you write about them! I believe you may already be a tree whisperer, Chris.

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Christopher Foster October 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Thank you for your kind words Bonnie. JoAnn and I send our love.

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Anthony Palombo October 17, 2016 at 9:14 pm

You are an amazing being, Chris. I’ve seen those two trees in your yard. They are lovely. I find it easy to connect with trees. In a park Bonnie and I visit occasionally, there are some very tall pine trees standing straight upright. I lay in my reclining lawn chair and gaze up into them and experience the wonder of their skyward reach. This is our cathedral for worship on Sundays, when we usually go to this park along the river. Nature is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your musing from your outdoor room.

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Christopher Foster October 18, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Your words are beautiful Tony. Thank you for sharing so eloquently about the pine trees, standing proud and tall, and the “cathedral” that sits beside a river among the trees. I’d go there to worship on a Sunday too. It sounds heavenly and that’s the truth, isn’t it. Heaven and earth are one. Blessings to you Tony.

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Tee October 17, 2016 at 9:44 pm

Such a timely post! Just this past hour, unable to sleep, I lay thinking of ways I could bring more nature into my life. It’s the only antidote to such troubling times. Thank you for a lovely post

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Christopher Foster October 18, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Thank you for your words Tee. I do believe Nature is our ally and what’s remarkable to me is that it doesn’t take much, a flower prospering amid a pile of rubble, a bird taking flight, a breath of wind on the cheek to remind us of the friend who is always ready to give us solace. With friendship and love.

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Michel Vaillancourt October 19, 2016 at 6:11 am

Dear Christopher.
Nature is such a wonderful place to share in God creative spirit and what goes on there is so inspiring to the human being. It calm our trouble mind when we are overwhelm with self preoccupation. It reconnect us with our true nature if we let it do so. It is a blessing to all that share in the midst of its healing presence. How great for you to have such a place near your home to reap all the benefits that nature has to offer. Keep on shining and keep being a source of inspiration to your world.
One with You,
Michel

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Christopher Foster October 27, 2016 at 11:05 am

Michel, my apologies. It’s been a busy time and I haven’t been keeping up on my latest comments like I should. As always, your words are filled with love and blessing. I love what you say about Nature. It really can, as you say, reconnect us with our true nature if we are willing to slow down a bit and listen.

One with you too Michel. Let’s keep on shining together. You have to admit life is an adventure isn’t it.

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Maureen Waller October 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Thank you as always, Chris, for your ongoing spirit of gratitude. Nature gives us so much and so unstintingly no matter what disregard we have for Her. Like you, I am very thankful for the peace and stability that comes to us from Nature.
Love …………………Maureen

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Christopher Foster October 27, 2016 at 11:08 am

Maureen, I’m so happy to hear from you again. Thank you for your comment. Love and blessings and I hope all goes very well for you.

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Evan Griffith October 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Sounds like you’re a bunny whisperer too 🙂
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Christopher Foster October 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

I must admit I do love my bunnies. The cool thing is they are self-feeding too.

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SandiO October 29, 2016 at 11:06 pm

Thank you, Chris for this particular post. These past days, months and maybe the past year have been stressful times. …maybe longer. As you turn to nature for it’s solace, I find I do the same. We are so blessed to have our property back up to a Nature Preserve.
Daily, we are blessed with a rather large family of deer, between 8-10 enjoying the English Ivy that grows at the back and up some of the trees, as well as the corn feed offered up by a friendly neighbor. It is so de-stressing to watch the young fawns playing, and yet keeping an eye on where mother is. Meanwhile the birds, bunnies and squirrels scamper about but none are troubled by the other. My two Goldens who sit behind a wire fence seem to watch with wonder as I do…we are all taking part in enjoying and sharing the same space.
If only man could be this complacent.
Soon the leaves will have completed their descent and the woods will be the barren trees that will no longer provide coverage for the deer. But, they are survivors and as their coats change in color to blend with the bark of the trees, they also create their dens of fallen branches to provide shelter from the snow and an occasional human that invades their space. It is as if they know this world is not made up of only people willing to offer food and space, but also people that will kill their spirit and body if they are not watchful.
To me, this feels how our world has become and yet I want to resist believing it.
As I spend this quiet time on the patio, I find myself stroking the fur of my Golden Girls brings me comfort and also the ability to escape for just a bit into that world…their world where all share in the bounty and space.

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Christopher Foster November 3, 2016 at 11:36 am

Dear Sandi,

Thank you so much for your comment. You took a lot of time and trouble to share in this way and I want you to know how much I appreciate it, and how sorry I am for my delayed response. Time sometimes seems to zoom by without me noticing it.

Your words and thoughts are absolutely delightful. I feel privileged to share these insights you offer into your own experience with nature. I’m glad to know you have your Goldens and a rich array of other creatures to keep you company and nourish your spirit. I do believe we worship the same God, and he/she is a god of goodness, strength and mercy.

So happy to be sharing this journey with you Sandi. I send blessings and love. A favorite quote comes to mind often these days: ‘In quietness and confidence shall be my strength.’

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SandiO November 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm

Thank you, Chris.
I am blessed as well, to feel your presence on this journey. I love the quote you sent, and also reminds me of the prayer: “Be Still …and know that I am God. I have created a hand painted pillow of this for my Etsy store. It’s is the feeling that Nature speaks when we take the opportunity to listen.

God bless you my dear friend.

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