For this activity I went to my postage-stamp-sized front yard. I’ve planted many of the plants in this landscape (some were already here when I moved in...the builders requisite 2 junipers and a Bradford pear tree). So, this is an area with my "babies" to whom I was first attracted when I bought them at the nursery. It is peaceful, friendly, and charming.
The weather this evening was perfect, not too hot, not too cold. I pulled a few weeds and put them in brown paper bags for recycling. I don’t know how pulling weeds fits in with nature’s attractive essence, but I did not feel any resistance from the "weeds," which yielded easily to my tugging. We were in balance.
My neighbors showed up to say hello; I guess they count as a vibrant part of my environment. Cool evenings encourage positive relationships among neighbors. We’re all focused on spring, the flowers and flowering trees. From my backyard, I can see where a cherry tree has shed her blossoms and produced a blanket of pink "snow" all around. It is stunningly beautiful; my own fantasy land.
I recognize that I am a person who enjoys my special relationship with the plants and trees in my yard.
"Every natural attraction is a form of love." I love this truth and I accept it as a truth. Maybe our culture’s supposed inability to truly define love is caused by our disconnection from nature’s grace. Love is a blanket of pink blossoms!!!!
In a nature connected state of being, the sense of pain does not punish us, it too is love..It makes us more sensitive to living in the natural fulfillments available in any given moment. This is a hard concept to move into because of all those spankings from authorities that I got as a child. The source of each of these forms of pain [physical, mental, emotional] is disconnection from nature’s intelligent attractions in people and places...In nature, pain is nature’s love trying to support us by motivating us to find new attractions. Thanks for directing me to my yard, Mom. It is a welcoming spot full of peace and beauty, which lifts me up when I spend time there.
I now see how pain is a guide; pain encourages growth in a better direction. If I seek attractions, I find attractions and feel welcomed and at home. I loved the time I gave myself to say hello to my plants, to which I feel a special relationship. I hadn’t had a chance to check them out now that spring has enticed them to bloom and grow. If I couldn’t have a special place for planting my attractive plants and trees, I would feel handicapped, green-impaired, in pain.
A REACTION: I have felt the joy to being witness to Nature's awesome healing energy. My most memorable experience was during a workshop where a lady who had cancer suddenly welled up in tears and ripped her wig off her head. She found freedom that day from all the shame and secrecy surrounding her disease and loss of hair. It was the most amazing thing to see and the others there were crying as well with tears of celebration for her. Nature gives, and gives back life. It's a joy to help Her facilitate.