Sunday, November 7, 2010

Entry #10 In All Things of Nature, There is Something of the Marvelous

Hi All:
The temperature has dipped here in NY, the skies are clear and the leaves are beginning to crackle which means that winter is booming on in. And I say,  "Bring it:, because winter is so very dramatic and intense and those creamy and thundery clouds in the sky do not disappoint me, ever!

The message found me last week while shopping at Whole Foods here in Long Island and thank god because my head is spinning in so many directions I am surprised I am sitting here talking to you guys. 

The card found me first (there are no mistakes) and then I researched iconic Neil Young who finds his church and solace in his backyard, The Redwoods of San Mateo County. The cherry on the cake was revealed during a conversation in my kitchen, with my dear friend Cindy Dreher who just returned from the spiritual vortexes of Sedona, Arizona. 

This card is what kicked off the idea of Nature As My God. 

In all things of nature there is
something of the marvelous.

The loving and funny people of this earth move me that is no question. I have to agree that there are some awesome cathedrals, fancy mosques and temples that will take your breath away. But time and time again I am in awe of the earth's sun light, raindrops, the chubby clouds, the screaming thunder, the temperature's heat and frigidity and the songs of the soft wind. I mean to be part of the nature and weather that exists here is something of the marvelous - thank you Aristotle. I am always like did you see that? 

I am so happy that I am a person that can  appreciate it, and say, "Oh my god did you see that red headed wood pecker fly by or Brady did you see that spider web?"  or my sister will say, "You have to see the silvery moonlight it blinding me and it is midnight." For me and many of us I hope we respect and adore the waves that roll in and out of our beaches, the dusty dirt roads that lead us to the thickest forests, a snowstorm's silence. I see a whole lot of God right there.

When I decided to nature worship on this week's blog I did a little research on the man  himself, Neil Young who is a poet and iconic song writer. He too has deep faith in god's work of nature. He says very simply,

 “I'm not a preacher, and I'm certainly not a good example, but I have my own feelings about God. I'm kind of a nature guy. My cathedral is forests, or the prairies, or the beach.”

I mean Neil Young has always been on the menu for music for all of us, but when I heard him share that with Charlie Rose this year in fact, I thought well of course we are in the same church.

Does nature provide a spiritual energy? My very dear friend Cindy Dreher experienced this first hand on her trip to Sedona Arizona. She went on a shaman/Indian vortex tour and what was asked of her what she worshipped she looked at those dynamic mountains and red rocks on her landing and said "nature". We all grow and search for the calm light in side and to find it in our atmosphere is again, something of the marvelous, thank you Aristotle.

There is so much to be thankful for on this living earth, just look outside and stop complaining that we are not perfect or something is wrong or not like someone else, Get Over It. Nature is perfect because it is not perfect, right? All those mistakes made some kind of beautiful. Or when people complain about the weather, I am like, "what"? It is supposed to be raining cats and dogs didn't you figure that out? There are no mistakes. Just cool challenges to take us down so we can get back up. Look at how nature gets its ass kicked all of the time and it just keeps on thriving and growing. We could learn a big lesson from nature each day.  

Nature has and will always knock me right on the head with its beauty. Nature teaches me to get over myself with every breath that I take. All day long nature is telling me, "Look at my rich red colored flower petals", or "hey down there look at how I breathe life into the air all the way up here with my branches? "Look at what I am raining all over you today so your bushes will stay happy and perky." 

Loving nature is a gift, I have no idea how I discovered it like I did. But I am so thankful for it. 

And to conclude our message today, I found a quote from the endearing and the truly amazing Joseph Campbell (no one like him, never will be)

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. 

Nature gets a bad wrap on TV but we all know it is going to out smart us all when the time is right.

Thank you all so much for being my followers and participating and reading in your busy days. God bless our children and animals.

With Love and Sincerely,


  1. Hello Love. Absolutely right. Nature is a cathedral. I am so proud to be related to such a great writer.


  2. Kristen, this is a beautiful post, my favorite I think. Your writing is pure poetry. And I couldn't agree with you more. Nature is our church, and we have to fight like religious warriors to protect her. Truly we do.

    Love xoxo

  3. Hi Sue
    That is such a big compliment coming from a brilliant scholar like yourself. Girl this blogging is funny! Up at night in the dark writing and wondering what will come out right?
    I love you wish you were coming with us on the plane to spain.

  4. Thank you for reminding me, particularly on a rainy day like today, that all that exists outside my window and beyond is such a fantastic gift not to be missed but used to enhance the beautiful gifts I have inside this life! Love you, Cindy D.

  5. thanks for sharing cindy dreher and your story on the spiritual vortexes of sedona!!!

  6. hi alexa thanks SO SO much for becoming a follower I cannot
    imagine how amazin it is in africa. hope you are so so well honey.
    call us when youo get back to the states.