Samstag, 24. Januar 2015

Wandering in the nature

aus den daily mediations von Richard Rohr

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Saturday, January 24, 2015
"Creation is the primary and most perfect revelation of the Divine." -Thomas Aquinas (Sunday)

Creation is our first and final cathedral. Nature is the one song of praise that never stops singing. (Monday)

Matter is the outer lovely form, but Spirit is the inner source, coherence, and energy for everything that we know and see. (Tuesday)

Everything bears the divine fingerprint, footprint, and "similitude." (Wednesday)

"We are created to read the book of creation so that we may know the Author of Life." -Ilia Delio, OSF (Thursday)

 Practise - Wandering in the nature

The wondrous nature of the world itself is the universal religion that precedes all later religions. (Friday)

Although creation may be "wordless," we can still dialogue with it. Bill Plotkin suggests a practice of "talking across the species boundaries" in his book Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (pp. 168-169):

"Go wandering [in nature]. Bring your journal. . . . Wander aimlessly until you feel called by something that draws your attention, by way of an attraction, a curiosity, an allurement, a repulsion, a fear. . . . Whatever it is, sit and observe it closely for a good length of time. Interact with your senses, offer your full visual and aural attention to the Other. Record in your journal what you observe.

"Then introduce yourself, out loud--yes, out loud. . . . Tell this being about yourself. . . . Tell the truth, your deepest, most intimate truth. In addition to ordinary human language, you might choose to speak with song, poetry . . . movement, gesture, dance. Then, using the same speech options, tell that being everything about it you have noticed. . . . Keep communicating no matter what . . . until it interrupts you.

"Then stop and listen. Listen with your ears, eyes, nose, skin, intuition, feeling, and imagination. . . . In your journal, record and/or draw what happens. Offer the Other your gratitude and a gift . . . a
song, a dance, a lock of hair, praise . . . some water. . . .

"Enter your conversations with the Others with the intention of learning about them and developing a relationship, but don't be surprised if you thereby discover more about yourself." And, I would add, more about God who created them.