Meditation: Healing & Nature

Whether we live in the city or the country, it’s helpful to remember the healing power of Nature.  As I write this, I’m enjoying the view of the lovely mountain range outside the common room window at St. Mary’s Retreat House at Mount Calvary Monastery (Santa Barbara, CA).  There are people who pay millions of dollars for paintings of Nature.  Yet, outside this window is a priceless view of sunlit mountains, blue sky, and a breeze that gently sways the trees.

There are many ways to reconnect with the more quiet and gentle face of Nature.  It may be as simple as watching a bird in flight, noticing an elderly person walk along a path, observing a dog explore the smells of foliage, slowing down to view the sky, or any number of moments we often let slip by in the midst of a busy life.  In the words of the psalmist; He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul (Psalm 23:2-3a). Let the gentle face of Nature restore your body, mind, and soul.  Enjoy the journey.

anthony glenn miller


The brittle is easily shattered,  
and the small is easily scattered.  
Great trees grow from the smallest shoots;  
a terraced garden, from a pile of earth,  
and a journey of a thousand miles  
begins by taking the initial step. 

Chapter 64 – Tao Te Ching


For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1