Connecting to Nature and Pagan Spirituality
As a practitioner of an Earth-based religion, the Pagan or Wiccan can use their time outdoors to further develop their spirituality. Even with limited time to spend outside, they can further their belief system with houseplants, an aquarium, or an altar of items collected from nature.
Create a Belief Journal
Whether engaging in active nature meditation, such as walking or gardening, or more stationary methods of connecting to nature, keeping a journal allows the pagan to record their observations and musings. After performing a formal or informal ritual, or after communing with nature (walking, watching fish in a tank), the Wicca or Pagan can write in a journal.
The journal is meant only for the individual's eyes and can be a stream-of-consciousness riff, a carefully thought out entry, a poem, or even a list. Record those "ah-ha" moments when nature reveals a lesson about life. Start with some of the observations described below if the mind goes blank when faced with a white sheet of paper.
Paganism, Spirituality, and Nature
In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism (Penguin Group, 2002), author Carl McColman describes some of the lessons he has learned as part of his spiritual practice that can act as ways for others to develop their own connection to nature.
• Silence - Although nature is rarely silent (the wind blows, birds sing), it has a different noise pattern than found in manmade objects. Silence in nature can be about noticing the small voice within one's mind that calls out for what it needs the way a tiny insect sings for what it needs.
• Abundance - There isn't one type of tree or flower or bird in nature (or even in a region). Nature offers abundance, even after natural or manmade disasters. Noticing the abundance in nature can even help the individual trying to work with the law of attraction to realize that, yes limits are all in the individual's mind.
• Diversity - Along with abundance, there is a great diversity in living things on this planet. A pagan viewpoint reminds the individual that there isn't one right way.
• Cycles - Day and night; high tide and low tide; summer and winter ... nature shows the individual that things don't move in straight lines and that although a change may seem to occur suddenly it is really made of many small tweaks.
• Change - Everything changes a little bit each day even if the individual doesn't notice those changes. The Wicca or Pagan can learn to appreciate the changes in their life as part of the cycle of life.
• Beauty - Nature is about practicality. The beautiful plant evolved that ways to better attract pollinators, not merely to be gazed at in a vase. Humans can cultivate beauty and practicality by taking care of their appearance, painting, making wonderful soup, etc.
• Wilderness - McColman also points out that although humans try to tame nature with things like paved sidewalks, the earth shifts, cracks occur, and grasses bloom. He sees this as a reminder that humans possess a wildness that we contain.
The Pagan and Wiccan can use the above observations as meditations to further their connection to nature and develop their belief in how nature can feed their spirit.