MONDAY MEDITATION: Being Connected and Happy (April 15)

God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good. — Genesis 1:31

A recurring theme in these meditations is that it is impossible be truly spiritual if we lose touch with the physical.

In a talk given by Father Richard Rohr, he stressed the absolute importance of connecting to the earth. “One of the foundational reasons for our sense of isolation and unhappiness is that we have lost our contact with nature.” He went on to explain his favorite morning activity: “On spring and summer mornings, I love to go out early with my little cup of coffee and walk through my garden with my dog Venus. If I can somehow let my ‘roots and tendrils’ reconnect me with the ‘givens’ of life…I experience the most extraordinary grounding, connection, healing, and even revelation. One little hopping bird can do me in!”

Our souls are nourished as we see little hopping birds, buzzing bumble bees, and jonquils pushing up through the earth to greet the sun. Today, what will you notice, great or small, that will help you celebrate that you and everything around you were made out of the dreams, love, and wisdom of a Creator? Meditating like this frees us from the solitary confinement cells we so easily enter. Maybe these words from St. Francis of Assisi will help us open the door:

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing,
“Alleluia! Alleluia!”
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise Him, O praise Him!
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
ye lights of ev’ning, find a voice,
O praise Him, O praise Him!
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

3 thoughts on “MONDAY MEDITATION: Being Connected and Happy (April 15)”

  1. This past week has been challenging on many levels. I’ve taken time to ‘putter’ in my gardens, and it allows me to fully relax & enjoy God’s amazing creations 💕


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