"Making a date with the elements is something anyone can do, yet few people think of doing it. It is a matter of finding the time and place to be with the elements and feel their liveliness. When making a date with nature, you can be assured that, unlike some of your friends and relatives, nature will not judge you, try to convince you of anything, or expect anything of you. To make the connection, all that is required of you is to be still within yourself, silence your internal chatter, and open your heart. If you can rest in stillness, silence, and spaciousness, you will be open to receiving what nature has to offer."
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Photo: Oak leaf, willows and cottonwoods, Watson Lake with Bellvue Dome, Bellvue, CO
Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.