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Essential Nature

Angela Dowdy

Posted on October 2, 2019 10:43

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Every living creature has a reason for being. We humans often need to take pause and reconnect with both what is essential and what is nature.

           Honestly, most mornings I do enjoy having my first cup of coffee and piece of warm toast out on my deck.  I would be humming a song and eagerly planning my “To Do” list for the day.  Perhaps I would even talk to my plants and to the assorted wildlife that may be living in, or simply passing through, my yard.  MOST mornings!

            But oh how yesterday was different.  Due to an unpleasant dream, I actually woke up feeling mad at my boyfriend.  As I stubbed my toe at the kitchen island, I also dropped my favorite coffee cup.  Watching it shatter, I felt that all of my joy for that day had shattered also.

            The first victim of my foul mood was the tiny caterpillar who was voraciously devouring a nearby mint leaf.  Flicking him off, I fussed, “Go gnaw somewhere else, you ugly little insect.” 

            The second victim was a squirrel who sat on a nearby tree branch while gnawing on an acorn.  With great agitation, I recalled an expensive bill caused from squirrels chewing wires while nesting under the hood of my car.  I shouted, “Destructive varmint, get out of my yard and stay out of my sight.”

            It took a great deal of prayer and meditation to adjust my attitude.  I realized that those creatures were merely acting upon the innate drives that are inherent to their essential nature.  I was the one who had gone haywire…gone off script.  I was the one who had somehow gotten out of sync with my own essential nature and had become a tinderbox.  And the more I pondered that thought, the more I became thankful for nature.  In my essential nature of serenity and joy, I was once again full of love and respect for every creature.

             

Angela Dowdy

Posted on October 2, 2019 10:43

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