Today is a beautiful day. The sky is amazingly blue with not a single cloud in it. The grass and most of the trees are still green, although you can see a tint of fall starting to mute the colors. The temperature was almost chilly in the pre-dawn hour, but with the sun shining, it has warmed up enough to prevent shivers.
This morning, I spent about 15 minutes standing in a field, surrounded by students and colleagues, being together for worship in the great outdoors. The celebration was in honor of the Christian saint, Francis of Assisi.
But for those of us who do not identify with that branch of religion, it was still a meaningful moment spent communing with Nature. I was able to use my senses to take in the glorious surroundings – the feel of the sun on my back, the sight of the trees surrounding us, the sound of birds and humans singing, the smell of the grass and autumn in the air. I felt connected to the Earth and to all of her inhabitants – plants, animals, and other people. Truly, we are part of an interconnected web of life.
What a fantastic way to start a week! May yours be glorious as well!