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Published 7-11-11     The Religion Network publishes every Monday

John Muir, Chief Dan George, Anne Frank,
Henry David Thoreau, Osho, Walt Whitman


Dear Readers,

Sitting quietly amidst nature is an express ticket on the train
to prayerful meditation. The mountains express God's great
majesty; the single blade of grass, His gentle caress. Our
souls are fed by nature's beauty. Our bodies and minds
crave nature because we, like nature, are born of His
creation. Nurture yourself today with Sister Earth.

- Lisa

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the
storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. 

John Muir (1838-1914)
Scottish-born American naturalist and author


May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty.
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.

Chief Dan George (1899-1981)
Chief of Tsleil-Waututh nation,
author, poet and actor


The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely
or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where
they can be quiet, alone with the heavens,
nature and God. Because only then does one
feel that all is as it should be and that God
wishes to see people happy, amidst the
simple beauty of nature.

Anne Frank (1929-1945)
Victim of the Bergen-Belsen Concentration
Camp, her diary is one of the world's
most widely-read books


And Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
American author, poet, abolitionist, philosopher

tree on Oahu
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Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds,
look at the stars  ... and if you have eyes you will be able to see
that the whole existence is joyful.  Everything is simply happy.
Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become
prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to
become rich and they will never have any bank balance...

pink camellia     ...Look at the flowers - for no reason.
It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.

Osho (1931-1990)
Indian mystic and guru


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in, where
nature may heal and give strength
to body and soul.

John Muir (1838-1914)
American wilderness preservationist


I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
American poet and essayist

The Last Word:

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded
to stay out till sundown, for going out,
I found, was really going in.

John Muir (1838-1914)
Founder of The Sierra Club



























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

The man who views the world at fifty the same as
he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

Muhammed Ali (1942 -      )
Three-time World Heavyweight Champion



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