Kitchen Table Philosopher Joseph Raffa contemplates the still moments that arise to embrace the heart when we seek out quiet times in nature.
Where the surging water ripples and flows
Over the scattered mass of boulders
Spread across the earth
In jumbled disarray
Here, far away from the grasping hands
Of a time ridden civilisation,
Sheltered by a surround of tree-covered hills
The placid beat of a loving nature
Softly swirls over the landscape.
Soft winds warmed by the sun
Drift in and out of shadowy cover
Caressing gently into movement
Massed branches of green coloured leaves.
‘Tis enchantment indeed how the sound of the wind
Blends in with bird calls
And with the incessant chirps
Of a busy insect chorus.
Perfume, set adrift by love
Flows from brightly coloured flowers.
A heady, sweet scented aroma
An irresistible lure
The delightful sounds of water in a hurry
Bubbling, swirling, gurgling
Its watery way
Over, around and between
Trees and upthrust boulders.
Where the dampness
Spreads its moistured carpet,
There, the mosses thrive and grow
Softly yielding beneath the naked feet.
To sit on a boulder and listen
To the play
Of nature’s musical instruments
Is sheer delight.
Memories of crowded cities fade
The discordant sounds of production machines
Do not intrude
And the competitive world
Of striving humans
Is temporarily forgotten.
The spirit of a loving nature
Advances slowly, into the heart,
Bypassing the mind
And its urgent need to reason.
The vista of growing plants,
The surround of unspoilt nature
Stirs a latent sensitivity, deep within.
Silenced by the wonder
The mind is deeply stilled.
And out of the heart
A great love comes a-creeping
Caressing, soothing, all embracing
The sights and sounds of nature
Into the depths of love
For a fleeting, delicate moment
Of sheer enchantment.
Joseph’s collected spiritual writing is now available in a series of books from Amazon.com and other online retailers.
You might like to try Beside Still Waters. This beautiful collection of essays touches on the universal search for meaning and inspires readers to reach out for the still waters of the spirit.
The human heart longs for peace and harmony. It seeks a restful haven from the relentless busyness of everyday life, drawing us to spend tranquil moments in natural surrounds that offer a brief respite from the hustle and bustle. There is a state of inner stillness, when the endless chatter of the mind has ceased, that a deeper understanding arises. These are the ‘still waters’ that bring new life to mankind, that lay claim to the heart and redirect the mind. These are the waters of peace, love and true togetherness that lift us up to divine heights of being and living.