NATURE MEDITATION
    Nature was the original path. In Africa "netcher" was a name for the
    Divine.

    In nature you feel surrounded by love and protection.   At the same
    time you must have respect for Naturebecause she can turn dangerous
    in an instant.

    Today we live like prisoners. We see trees at best thru a window. We
    cannot hear the birds. Our feet don't know the Earth.  As the Native
    American said “When one moves away from nature the heart becomes
    hard.”

    Nature and meditation go together.  When I was staying in a a small
    ashram I made friends with a bright young sadhu. He told me not to
    meditate in the nall with others but to go sit under a certain tree in
    the compound. I did, but it was miserable. To keep off the mosquitos I
    cloaked myself in a blanket. The only place to sit was on cement. But
    ever since then I have found a tree near my apartment go there for
    long sittings away from the family noise! There IS a special energy!

    I met  great yogis who were into nature meditation. A lady who
    meditated in the mountains for 12 years. A renunciate who meditated
    in streams or submerged in springs and pools.   

    NATURE MEDITATION FOR CHILDREN.
    Anastasiya, permission of Vladimir Antonov


    “One can come to the forest...

    "Everything around you loves you."

    "I will try to outline several simple and easy-to-use methods that can replace the
    usual amusements of city life.

    "For example, one can learn to walk the Earth.  One can remember that our Earth
    is a living soul, and simply walk, carefully stepping on the body of the Earth ...
    Even children can be taught this.  If people become aware that the Earth is a
    living soul, then they will be more kind and understanding, because a connection
    between two souls occurs: between the small human soul — and the giant soul
    of the Earth.

    "One can also lay on the Earth with open arms!

    If a teacher or parents lie together with children in this way and tell them about
    the universe — then children’s impressions from this conversation will be more
    important than those received in entertainment attractions!

    One can touch with the hands living water ... wash oneself, swim in interaction
    with this wonderful miracle ... even talk to water, to ask it to purify and to heal the
    body!

    “Also one can wash oneself with sunlight. It does not mean simply exposing the
    body to sunlight, but one has to interact with it!

    "The energy of the Sun is so wonderful! It exists both on the visible and non-
    visible to human eye levels; it penetrates in the depth of us! One can stand under
    a flow of sunlight as if under a waterfall — and do the exercise latihan.

    “Of course, one should not suggest to people who are not interested in spiritual
    truths to dedicate much time to such exercises. For them it can be interesting and
    useful to arrange sport trainings in nature, to collect mushrooms, berries and
    medicinal herbs.

    “It is in interaction with harmonious states of living nature, with concrete plants
    and animals that people can come to understand with what great Love God
    created everything living!”

    "Everyone has this ray; one needs just to turn on the light of love. Then one has
    to learn to shine with this ray at any distance — and give thus tenderness to all
    whom one loves.




    The American Indian
    Chief Luther Standing Bear

    There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom traveled,
    which leads to an unkown, secret place.
    The old people came literally to love the soil,
    and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of
    being close to a mothering power.

    For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply
    and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of
    life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him.
    ~ Chief Luther Standing Bear ~



    The Vigyana Bhairava on Nature Meditation:


    Be in an infinitely spacious place
    devoid of trees, hills, dwellings
    Let your gaze dissolve in empty space
    Your mind relaxes

    O gazelle-eyed Beauty!
    Consider the wind as your subtle bliss-body  
    As you tremble in the wind, reach the luminous presence

    During a dark and moonless night, eyes open in the dark
    Let your whole being melt into the obscurity  
    Attain to the form of Bhairava

    When a moonless rainy night is not present
    Close your eyes, see blackness  
    Thus, faults disappear forever

    Simply by looking into the blue sky
    Beyond the clouds
    The serenity








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