"This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it."
- Thomas Carlyle
What is nature mysticism?
Mike King, creator of www.jnani.org says that, “Nature Mysticism starts from the premise that Nature is not just good, but can be a spiritual teacher.” Different forms of nature mysticism are present in nearly every culture and find expression within most of the great spiritual traditions. Animism, paganism and the various mystical branches of the world’s religious traditions all contain elements of nature mysticism. In recent times Gaia Theory and new advances in physics have led to a renewed interest in nature mysticism.
How do I practice nature mysticism?
There is no one way to practice nature mysticism – countless rituals, practices and disciplines have developed over the millennia in response to the wonder and awe so many of us experience when we encounter nature. From celebrating the cycles of the year (like the summer solstice or the spring equinox) to simply allowing yourself to mindfully walk through the woods – the beauty of nature always seems to be inviting us to appreciate it at a mystical level.