May 22-B, 2023

The Tree on Roan Mountain 06-26-2009 — Pisgah National Forest, Roan Mountain State Park, Bakersville, North Carolina
Being natural,
being naturally who we are, 
how we are,
the way we are,
and doing "it"
the way we would do "it,"
whatever "it" may be,
connects us easily,
with nature,
with the natural world.

And it works in reverse,
so that time spent in nature--
with nature--
connects us with our natural self,
with our original nature,
our true self.

The city takes that way from us.
Urban life is about playing games
(Particularly, "The game of not playing games,"
as R.D. Laing liked to say),
about not being who we are,
about living a lie,
one lie after another,
all our life long,
so that we have no idea who we are,
and no way of finding our way
back to our true self.

Lie in a hammock among the birds,
or walk by the sea,
or lie on your back watching the clouds,
or sit in a rocking chair,
looking out the window...

We are as close to ourselves--
our natural self--
as we are to the world of nature.

And vice-versa.


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Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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