Tagged Alan Watts

Practice for Finding Inner Guidance: Journaling and Lectio Divina

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” 
― Rumi

Lectio Divina, or “divine reading” is traditionally a form of contemplative practice from the Christian faith tradition where one studies scripture seeking messages from God.

Today, it can also be used as a contemplative practice where one meditates on a text of choice, often times a poem, seeking individual connections and meanings.

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Why You Need to Touch (or Hug) a Tree Today

“You didn’t come into this world.
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.
You are not a stranger here.”

– Alan Watts, Shirin Yoku website

As I become aware of what actions, behaviors, habits and practices are life-giving for me, I find that I am drawn to spend more and more time in nature.  In the mornings, I feel compelled to breath deeply the air as I leave the house, open my window when I am commuting, slow down enough to bask in a moment of sunshine before I enter a building.

The more time I spend in world of nature, the richer my interactions become.  A sunset will fill me with a sense of emanating warmth.  Mornings of low-hanging fog over dewey grass will fuzzy my sense of here and there.  Soft blankets of grass will move me to visceral connection, my fingers (or toes) moving through the strands.

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