The Celtic Appreciation of Nature
In doing this assignment, I was looking forward to becoming more appreciative of nature, and all that it has to offer us, wanting a better understanding of it all. It seems that we take all of the beauty of our earth for granted, we are spoiled and it shows. In completing this practicum, I hoped to return to a state of mind where everything I see has beauty in it, like a baby seeing things for the first time, when everything is so fascinating, that touching it in complete awe is all I want to do.
The Celtic appreciation of nature is what influenced the path I took with this day of reflection. The way they loved it as though it was their child, the way they respected it as though it was their mother, and even the way they feared it, as if it was their school principle (for lack of a better term). They held Mother Earth’s gifts in such high regard, and that is what, to me, is so wonderful about them.
Throughout the day I told myself repetitively that, “The world was not created for us, but us for her.” I felt that personifying earth was more appropriate, considering it’s so alive with so many things that are, and possibly will forever be, unfathomable to us. This was my Lorica, I also wrote a poem that is at the end that meant a lot to me and reflects the way I felt while the sun was descending.
I referred a lot to the Thomas Berry video, recognizing the fact that his feelings are another inspiration for this day. He too, feels that we are way to ungrateful of our natural surroundings, and that we should alter our ways to preserve what is left. I also used an internet article by Carl McColman titled, “Celtic Spirituality: an Interfaith Approach – What is Celtic Spirituality?” he also describes the Celtic Faith as being:
“…earthy, natural, of the soil, of the clay. This is true whether your
particular flavor of Celtic wisdom is Pagan, Christian, New Age, or some hybrid thereof. Celtic spirituality is the spirituality of land, sea, and sky; of the rocks
and the trees and the animals; of holy wells and standing stones and windswept
tors. The earth is our mother; we must take care of her . . . this is not only a
native American sentiment, it is a truly Celtic sentiment as well.”
I felt this was a wonderful statement, because it was what I was thinking the majority of the time I spent out there.
My original plans for this did not include exactly when, only because my schedule is, at times, very overwhelming and I was just not able to predict when I would be free, so the first opportunity I had, I figured I would jump on it. It was a Sunday, I finally had off, so I decided to take the 1.5 hour drive to my hometown of Poughkeepsie, NY for an afternoon/evening of pure relaxation and contemplation. I went to a place we use to go to when I was in high school that overlooks the Hudson River with an unbelievable view of the Mid-Hudson Bridge,...