Nature’s Gifts

I cherish nature’s gifts.
I see with my heart
all the treasures given by Mother Earth
and I appreciate:

the morning sun that brings in a new day,
the flowers that bloom in my garden,
the rabbits, and even the raccoons,
that frequent my yard,
the eagles that fly overhead
casting a shadow on my lawn,
the plaintive cries of the seagulls,
the honking of the geese,
and the haunting sounds of the loons
that echo across Baynes Sound,
these eyes that see all,
these ears that hear all,
this mind that creates and remembers,
and this heart that feels and loves.

Centering

Once we are grounded in these bodies, to this life, we can now move on to experiencing the full benefits of conscious living. Centering is a spiritual term defining a process where our Higher Self balances the life force from the gut, the hopes and fears from the mind, the desire to love and be loved from the heart, and our source of knowing and being from our soul. Centering is a state of spiritual and physical being that brings inner peace and joy regardless of the situation and the circumstances of our physical life.

The first centering virtue is appreciation. Appreciation is the acceptance and love of life as it is. The practice of appreciation begins in the heart, becomes a light in our eyes, and travels onto our faces with a smile. It is the practice of looking for the good in ourselves, in life, and in others. It can be a hot cup of coffee on a cold day, a smile shared with a stranger, or a dinner shared with friends or family. When these things happen, our soul responds with positive vibrations which flow from our heart and into our mind and body.

Appreciation is related to the gentle emotions that keep our heart centered and our mind at peace. We live longer and love better thus creating positive energies to pass on to others. When we appreciate life, it becomes a mirror to our soul so that we can reflect to others the joys of living a conscious life.