maroonbells1I have written how in my own pursuit of enlightenment and self-discovery; and after awakening years ago to this new world that is my True Nature, I have found meditation to truly be the bridge between the ordinary and sublime. Meditation is that catalyst that connects our thoughts and energy to our inner wisdom within and the instinctual dynamism that is the Universe. Further, I find this bond to be even stronger when immersed in nature: The greenery and solitude of a forest teeming with life. The exploding colors of a sunrise or sunset. The calm serenity of wind and water; birds and clouds up in the sky…

A couple of years ago I did a blog series on meditation in nature as research for my upcoming book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas. I set off on a road trip that took me across the American Great Plains, the Maroon Bells in the Colorado Rockies, even a park within the city of Chicago. I traveled through the canyons of Utah, enchanting Sedona and reveled in the grandiose vistas of the Pacific Ocean Coastline. Throughout this adventure I stopped along the way and meditated at these scenic places. Weather and solitude permitting, I would spend as much as an hour in deep meditative respite.  It was amazing and further confirmed my notion that meditating in nature is special. It connects us to something even more special…

Along this journey of self-discovery I find further inspiration when champions of illumination write about the same energy and wisdom that we have discovered on our own. Not that we need it, but it affirms what we already knew: This amazing connection to nature. Eckhart Tolle focuses on nature in his book, Stillness Speaks. Tolle describes nature this way: “We depend on nature not only for our physical survival. We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds.” No doubt the ego and our false-self is this prison that many of us unknowingly call home. Tolle continues: “When you bring your attention to anything nature, anything that come into existence without human intervention, you step out of the prison of conceptualized thinking and, to some extent, participate in the state of connectedness with Being in which everything natural still exists.” Eckhart Tolle speaks the gospel and the proof is in the experience. I just feel more centered and connected when immersed in nature. My inner voice speaks more loudly and clearly while outside, surrounded my beauty.

“Nature can bring you to stillness. That is its gift to you” – Eckhart Tolle

“Through you nature becomes aware of itself. Nature has been waiting for you, as it were, for millions of years” -Eckhart Tolle

When you find this connection, new doors of wisdom and insight reveal themselves to you.  What I find most interesting is this gift was always with us; a part of you and I… A part of nature…. It just takes a moment out of our busy lives to find nature and to connect to this true self that has always existed within. Nature makes it that much easier…

John C. Bader

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