How to depict reverence without getting all religious? Henry David Thoreau to the rescue.
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” Henry David Thoreau
I met this awesome Iguana while at my great-niece’s wedding on the island of San Thomas. And, for today, he or she, at home in the sunny sand and on the rocks, by the ocean, brings feelings of reverence for me. I look at this photo and remember a day filled with love and joy, with all sides of the family… and the beauty of the island, the ocean, and the iguanas. It’s a reverence for life, for generations, for continuity, oneness with all of it. It’s like a step into eternity. From this state of reverence, I transcend the everyday, and my heart is open wide. When I consider myself as a part of this vast and ongoing universe, whatever was bothering me an hour ago seems so irrelevant now, and I find I am in a state of only Peace and Love.
I would also like to share a link to a post from another community who celebrates the seasons for Peace and Nonviolence, Dallas, Texas. Of course, they too are focused on reverence, and their post on reverence is wonderful.
They used a quote by John Muir, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul.”
Now imagine that same, heart-opening Reverence as you are walking down the busy city street seeing a sea of glorious faces, you are in a work meeting noticing the unique ways everyone shows up, or are hanging out with friends, family or community in celebration. Nonviolence – ahisma – begins with the Reverence for all of life. If you can see the Beauty and interconnectedness in nature and with each other then Reverence truly allows Peace to prevail.
I find it interesting that they, too focused on experiences in the outdoors of being overcome with a sense of awe and wonder, with nature as the source of reverence …
Has anyone anything to add?