The Importance of Silence

To mark the Winter Solstice, my wife and I attended a “silent” nighttime group pilgrimage through a large local forest garden.  As a guide led several hundred of us on a slow stroll in the dark, I couldn’t help but chuckle at how many people were unable to stop themselves from talking when we were … Continue reading The Importance of Silence

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Tuning Out to Tune In and Up: Reflections on a Solstice Walk and the Contemplative/Centering Value of Nature

“The spiritual journey is a constant interplay between moments of awe followed by a process of surrender to that moment. We must first allow ourselves to be captured by the goodness, truth, or beauty of something beyond and outside ourselves. Then we universalize from that moment to the goodness, truth, and beauty of the rest of reality, until our … Continue reading Tuning Out to Tune In and Up: Reflections on a Solstice Walk and the Contemplative/Centering Value of Nature