Monday, January 28, 2008

Day 2: 29 Days of Gratitude

The spiritual practice for Saturday, February 2nd involves paying attention to and expressing gratitude for nature. Certainly this is an easier practice in mid-May than in the first week of February. But, if you pay attention you will still observe nature.

Practice: Take time out of your day to notice the natural world and cultivate a sense of awe, wonder, and gratitude for nature.

There are many ways to do this. The simplest way is to look out of your window, perhaps at a birdfeeder or at squirrels in a tree. Or, you may wish to take a walk and notice the wind, the sky, the air. Take time on your walk just to listen.

If you are interested in a group practice, I invite you to join me for a nature walk at Shawnee Mission Park. Regardless of the weather, we will gather at 9am at the trailhead of the hiking trail that is directly across from shelter number 8. (Enter the park off 87th Street. Driving south, you will bear to the left and pass the observation tower and the archery range. The trail is the next left and the parking lot of the trailhead has a statue of a bicycle near it.)

You are welcome to join me. And you are welcome to share your reflections in the comment section below.

1 comment:

RevThom said...

Yesterday morning I went on a great nature hike at Shawnee Mission Park with Marj, Sarah, and James. We saw a deer and lots of bluebirds as part of the bluebird restoration project. It was a beautiful, simple walk.