Posts Tagged ‘nature’

The Beauty of Nature, the Peace of Gratitude

January 9, 2012

Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg
, an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer, has chronicled nature’s beauty through time-lapse photography for thirty years. In the above ten-minute TEDx video, he offers this profound wisdom:

When people see my images, a lot of times they’ll say, “Oh, my God.” Have you ever wondered what that meant?

The “Oh” means it caught your attention, makes you present, makes you mindful.

The “my” means it connects with something deep inside your soul. It creates a gateway for your inner voice to rise up and be heard.

And “God”? God is that (more…)

Long Walks in Stormy Weather

December 6, 2011

Now that I’m living in Encinitas, California, I am two thousand miles away from Minnesota winters. Excuse me while I do the “no more winters” happy dance.. . . Okay, that was rather enjoyable.

Now, having said that, I have to admit that I do miss that invigorating inhalation of brisk, cold air you get when you walk outside in frigid weather. But I’m not willing to endure being frozen for three months just for occasional ten-second pleasures.

There is also something to be said for trudging through deep snow in (more…)

An Ocean of Gratitude

December 10, 2010

How often would you visit the ocean if it was right around the corner from your home? Last night, for the second evening in a row, I went outside and headed for the beach. Much to my delight, a fog was blanketing the streets; it reminded me of watching characters in a time-traveling movie enter a foggy mist and emerge in the distant past. For better or worse,  I stayed in 2010, although the thought of time-jumping back to 1910 was strangely appealing.

I turned the corner and walked half a block. I was still a block and a half away, but already could hear the mighty roar and raw fury of the ocean. I stopped and soaked in the moment: the dark, misty city street, the ocean bellowing at me, beckoning me to its shores. I walked down the winding wooden staircase—99 steps, 11 landings—to the beach. I stood alone on the sand in the dark, listened to the roar of the ocean and watched the tide roll in. I had to back up repeatedly so the water wouldn’t lap my feet. Behind me were bluffs in both directions for as far as the eye could see. I didn’t see any angels but it was most certainly Heaven.

And I thought, I (more…)

Nature = God

March 25, 2010

I love the elegant logic behind the following quote by Purdue physics professor Frederik Jozef Belinfante who theorized that Nature and God are interchangeable. Seventeenth-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza also concluded that God and the material world are indistinguishable, and that the better one understood how the universe worked, the closer one came to God. It was a popular position among great thinkers: In a telegram to (more…)