The other day as I was making my way down the canyon, I found myself contemplating the fact that there so often seems to be a disconnect between a rich and deep awareness of the Divine while I am out in Nature on the one hand, and my experience of the often difficult and fickle aspects of human beings within society on the other. Of course, I have to include myself in that latter category, since others at times most likely see ME in that way :) Then - suddenly - an obvious realization HIT me in a fresh way:
"The Divine Presence IS IN ALL THINGS."
Obviously, the Divine is present in my experience of spaciousness and profound silence while I am hiking and meditating outside. But the Divine is also present in those situations where others seem bored and uninterested in me or my work. In this case, God-and-Goddess use the disinterest of others to flirt with me, as when a beloved says playfully to us while we are all dressed up: "You aren't very attractive, ARE you!" - which obviously means the exact opposite. The supposed negative statement serves simply as an opportunity for us to smile and realize that our beloved does indeed find us attractive.
At times, the realization that "God is in all things" can seem quite distant, and we have to work to PRACTICE what we know is true. But yesterday, this ever-present reality struck me in a new way. May each of us find the grace to see - in fresh and ever-new ways - how the Divine really IS in all things :)
Photos: Red Mountain Open Space, Larimer County, CO, October 19, 2015
Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.