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Nature's Gift

Quinn Blackburn

Bethel Park, United States

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“Those who live for one another learn that love is the bond of perfect unity.” ~Fools Crow, LAKOTA

To serve each other, to respect each other, to trust each other, to honor each other, to love each other, to cooperate with each other, to care for each other, to forgive one another, to focus on peoples’ good, to laugh with one another, to learn from one another, to pray for each other; these are all acts of love. These values and actions will connect us to one another in the Unseen World.

Nature is a good example of how we should get along with one another. Watch nature. She is our teacher. Nature lives to give to one another. The insects give to the birds, who give to the four legged, who give to the two legged. The Creator made all things perfect. Oh Great Spirit, let me serve the people today. Let me see that it is better to give than it is to receive. Be with me today." ( http://www.whitebison.org/meditation/index.php)

Something about this shot made me think about this particular daily Meditation I received in my email… As I took the shot, I was thinking about how the light so often seems to give itself to that which it illuminates. Obviously, this tree was called upon to sacrifice part of itself on more than one occasion, and I wondered who gained from this gift? So often, in the quiet songs of Nature, I find inspiration and lessons just waiting to be learned.

All around me, a chorus of birds and insects offered their songs as I wandered in thought… trees, winds, everywhere I looked, each small sound became for a moment an awesome web of giving and receiving shifting serenly around me. Love and gratitude swelled in response, another gift freely given.

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