While I was walking my dogs yesterday morning I made a special effort to come deeply to rest in myself and to being at peace with the world around me.

It was a gorgeous day. The sun had just risen over the mountains to the north and the thick, fragrant air amplified the sense of stillness within me. The smells, the sounds, textures and colors begged me to drink them in, to relax into their soothing symphonic embrace.

I was, as they say in these parts, “in the spirit.” Any vestige of self-consciousness evaporated as the rays of sunlight warmed my face and each new step brought a greater sense of union with the the colorful morning drama unfolding before me.

Why is it that we spend so much time away from that special place, which is invariably immediately at hand? We’ve invested enormous amounts of time and energy in the advancement of our understanding of the material world, but how really has it helped us? We now go farther, get there faster and arrive less discomfited, but at what cost?

Are we closer now as a species? Sure, we know more about one another sooner than ever before, but are we really closer to one another, more harmonized with the natural kingdoms around us? Certainly there are more connections to more people around the world, but how deeply do we commune with them, let alone with our next door neighbor?

11 thoughts on “Communion

  1. Joshua

    Thank-you for the opportunity to commune with you, I greatly appreciate the privilege to do so.
    Disengaging from the manufactured state of being, is without word to adequately describe, yet you did so eloquently.
    For what you described is the solution to the disconnected sad state we have maintained, deliberately, really.
    The choice is clear, today, may it remain so, in the days to come.


  2. Colin

    I think, even with all the ease of instant communication we have received in the past 100 years, we are actually less close as a species than we used to be. I think that partially it is the fact that the easy communication loses value by fact of its ease, but mostly it is the fact that humanity will do whatever it can to not have to be introspective as individuals and as a whole. Having a close relationship with another person or with an experience means that you have to know yourself, and I think that is a scary prospect for a lot of people. I read the other day that the definition of hell is that when you die, the person you became meets the person you could have become. People do not want to have to see that they have stopped trying to become a better person. Superficiality makes it so that you can have enough of a semblance of life’s true structure that you don’t ever have to look to hard at it.
    Community with the world and with other people is vital, but it has to be the real thing to have any effect. I know what you were feeling when everything just seemed to come together on your walk yesterday, and I am of the opinion that your experience should be the norm, and not the exception. To do that, we must always be re-aligning ourselves with the things that are right for the moment we are living, and to do that, we have to know ourselves and to be in control of ourselves.


  3. Steve Ventola

    I have come to realize that it is pretense that takes us out of the place of being.
    As we let go of trying to be, say or think what we are not and come to rest with who we are the wonderful place of communion can be known. Here is indeed a place of rest and wholeness.


  4. David R

    Striving to make a place, to achieve according to commonly held concepts of success, has had the effect of isolating us from the beauty of oneness you describe. Still, heaven is as close as a breath or a gentle touch. It has not been withdrawn so much as we have withdrawn ourselves from its integrating presence. Your words point consistently to this place we are beckoned to occupy. Be here, and there is healing and joy. Remain in isolation, and something precious is lost to the world.


  5. Isabelle

    When you compare our species with all other life, it’s pretty obvious how far we are from that place that you described. I often observe animals, whether it’s the wildlife around me or even my dogs and am amazed at how naturally they fit into the world around them. They are beautifully and intelligently designed (as we are), however, they are not at war with themselves or destroying the world around them. We each have a responsibility to care for each other and the world we live in. It’s a choice that we really DO have, it’s not just a theory or a “good” idea.


  6. Lady Leo

    Being aware of the beauty of the life we are given has become the rare moment instead of our usual consciousness. It has become a challenge to commune with life as it seems we have become obsessed with creating one. Like Dorothy in “The Wizzard of Oz” we go searching for something that is already there, yet if we’d only stop a moment and let it in, it’s right there. Thanks for your thoughts this morning!


  7. Teryl Worster

    The moment you described is familiar to me. I found this space often most regularly during one of the most difficult times in my life. Sitting in the heart of the city while my child was in the hospital fighting cancer, I went for a walk and found my way to the most beautiful area and sat by a stream to gather my thoughts. I actually lost myself in the same majestic and very specific way you mentioned. In this space there is wisdom, strength, courage and peace and a sense of communion that is very real. I found myself able to go to that space even out on a back porch at The Ronald McDonald house, in the early morning, giving me the strength and peace to take on whatever was ahead. Thanks for the reminder of what is available to us. Why wait until there is trouble or chaos to go to this space of deep communion? We have amazing gifts and abilities that are left untapped today because of our busyness, maybe today I and more of your readers will take the time to be together in this way! The kingdoms await, nature does smile. Thanks Gregg!


  8. Kolya

    Good question and I would imagine that it relates to the feeling of being at rest and at peace within ourselves (as you had mentioned). Every day is a gift. Every interaction an opportunity to learn and experience the wonder of life. There is no need for constant frenetic speech and activity. I think gratitude has a key role in how we can commune deeper with the world around us.


  9. Melissa Hake

    No, I don’t think we are closer as a species, in fact I think people have become as automated as the machines they have invented. But the beauty is in the reality of the ah-ha
    moment that is still mercifully available to us in the midst of that deadened collective sleep state that society as a whole has adopted as an acceptable low bar of living. I think every moment we unveil the truth about our gifts available to us through nature and more importantly each other by the fact of our privilege to Be, we are winning the war of communion vs. discord, and more importantly again, peace vs. chaos. Little by little our only hope is that those enlightened moments become more frequent and that at one point a switch happens and the state of Being actually takes over. Through trading outer comfort for inner peace, then and only then will we feel true comfort. To truly know and Be with each other is our greatest gift in life. Be well, Be together, Be happy! Thank you Gregg, for being able to ask the tough questions. Your inspiration and thought provoking posts are anything but automated!


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