When we plant seeds in a perfect habitat - the right amount of water at the right times, appropriate amount of sunlight, most suitable soil type and tilth - they flourish, coming alive in front of our eyes. What does flourishing mean for people and what "habitat" fosters it? Can we learn something from this for how the environment might flourish when humans interact with it?
Perhaps the couch potato's life isn't always bad -- especially when mammoth powers shove us down, sit on us, and give us an excuse. We can't get up. It's not our fault. We're forced to renew our perspectives, nurture our prayer lives, and learn from other captives. Christian activists like me might even rekindle the "Christian" part.
This conundrum becomes all the more stark with matter that can kill us, like water, tigers, and viruses. These also deserve
Reading the Book of Nature requires getting in tune with it by spending time outdoors and by developing attitudes and approaches to life that facilitate communicating with other creatures and hearing and seeing God in her works.
What we are doing is learning how to love everything God has made, so that we as humans and individuals remove ourselves from our illusory position at the center of the universe and put God there instead.
We must honor our thoughts. We must continuously examine our lives as they are now and as we want them to be. And we must define success for ourselves and have the audacity to believe in our definition.
Nature has a talent for making us grateful. Not surprisingly, in the Christian monastic contemplative tradition nature has figured prominently. How do nature, gratitude and contemplation of nature work together?