I noticed this beautiful deer close to the trail a few days ago. As she calmly foraged for lunch, she appeared a bit too comfortable with my presence. I was glad she was living safely on a wildlife refuge. As she bounded off into a field, I wished her well.
I thought about the lovely doe as I continued my walk. What a picture of innocence. I felt protective of her, which is how I feel about all the beings in the natural world…plants, trees, animals, and stones.
Perhaps the Earth has given us Her nature beings to keep us company and to offer models of in-the-moment living. But I suspect there's a more important reason for the offering. Our nature companions emanate unconditional love, which is the ultimate gift from the Spirit of the Earth.
Perhaps that’s what draws me to the natural world…that feeling of pure love and acceptance from such a deep-hearted place.
John Muir once said, ‘In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks.’
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