Posts Tagged ‘God


Sincerely listen beyond the rhetoric…

‘If we could all hear one another’s prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burdens.’ Ashleigh Brilliant


tall firs in a Portland…

Oregon park (Sellwood)

“The forest is not merely an expression or representation of sacredness, the forest is sacredness itself. Nature is not merely created by God, nature is God.” Richard Nelson

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happy ground cover…

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.” 

Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858



Seeking strength to….

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway


Have you ever sat in one of those hospital quiet rooms with windows that afford a view? Places you go to collect your wits, your focus, your (their) reality. Serious events are unfolding, life wobbles in the moment. Death looms. You look outward, upward and you pray toward what you daily ignore or take for granted. Now you pray and ask for life, mercy, easing of pain, strength for you to endure what is surely coming in the days….the hours ahead.

Afterwards, after the punch in the gut, the jolt to the heart, the reeling then numbness of loss, do you think to revisit that place in you that made you look up and ask something beyond the reality of the moment? No, probably back to the old self sufficient, positive thinking, self actualization mantras. Well be assured someday again you will be staring out that window, somewhere, and yet again asking for strength and courage beyond all the positive self promotions.  Forewarned is forearmed.

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Damaged, but new growth is possible….

“Miracles… seem to me to rest not so much upon… healing power coming suddenly near us from afar but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that, for a moment, our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there around us always.”    Willa Cather, Death Comes For the Archbishop



Amen Brother

“I carry my own church about under my own hat, said I. Bricks and mortar won’t make a staircase to heaven. I believe with your Master that the human heart is the best temple.” Arthur Conan Doyle

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True Religion of the Outdoors: Step Toward the Light

“Outdoor adventure and other recreational practices can express, evoke, and reinforce religious perceptions and orientations to natural and social worlds. Some participants in them understand nature itself to be sacred in some way and believe that facilitating human connections to nature is the most important aspect of their chosen practice. Such activities can be construed by scholars as “nature religion,” and profitably analyzed by comparing characteristics commonly associated with religion to the beliefs and practices of participants engaged in these activities.”

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“Aquatic Nature Religion” three case studies that explore the religious, or religion-resembling aspects, of surfing, fly fishing, and whitewater kayaking. These studies provocatively ….conventional understandings of religion and pose anew the boundary question: Where does religion end and phenomena that are not religious begin?” Bron Raymond Taylor

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“Nature worship is often considered the primitive source of modern religious beliefs and can be found….Common to most forms of nature worship is a spiritual focus on the individual’s connection and influence on some aspects of the natural world and reverence towards it.”  (Wiki)

In its simplest manifestations for me, the outdoors is a sanctuary that renews, provides some indefinable spirituality and draws me more than any four walls of a church. I am not attempting to compete with formal religion or some Gaia/Pagan fantasy nor present the fervor of an ecobot.


I simply derive the strength and clarity for life from being outdoors more often than not. A True Religion for me and for many in my extended family. Whether it is fly fishing, hiking, backpacking, gardening or photography, being away from the pavement, urban sounds and the clock is an open door toward peace of mind and heart. 

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