Walking the walk: Practice for naturalists, by NaturalPantheist
This article, originally written for Pantheists, seems just as applicable to readers of HP. Do you engage in any of these practices? Are there any you would like to try? – B. T. Newberg, editor
The Naturalistic Pantheist can follow any path they feel connects them with nature. Below is a suggested path to follow, partly inspired by the AODA Druidry Curriculum.
The Naturalistic Pantheist can follow any path they feel connects them with nature. Below is a suggested path to follow.
The Path of Earth (Connection) -
- Spend at least 30 minutes in Nature each week – meditating, observing and journaling.
- Make three lifestyle changes annually that will benefit the environment.
- Grow a plant or tree from seed.
- Do something in service of the Earth or Community once per month e.g. beach clean.
The Path of Fire (Celebration) -
- Celebrate the Solar, Agricultural and Lunar Cycles (8 Festivals and Full/ Dark Moons).
- Create and say some Daily Thanksgivings.
- Get involved in a Pantheist community or start your own.
- Meditate for at least 15 minutes per day.
- Learn a martial art e.g. Tai Chi or Yoga. Learn and do it twice weekly for 30 minutes each time.
- Study Sceptical Buddhism and Philosophical Taoism and apply the insights to your life e.g. Mindfulness, Wu Wei (read “The Effortless Life” by Leo Babauta).
- Create a family tree and remember your ancestors.
The Path of Water (Education) -
- Keep a Journal and write in it daily, recording your spiritual journey and examining your day.
- Study Stoicism and apply its insights to your life e.g. negative visualisation, self denial and understanding what’s in your control (read “A Guide to the Good Life” by William Irvine)
- Learn the weekly facts (see below).
The Weekly Facts
Each week a Pantheist will study two things about Nature. This will help to develop an awareness and knowledge of the world.
Week 1 – Health
Body – Learn one thing about your body that will help to keep you fit and healthy either physically or mentally.
Plants – Learn the name of one local plant, flower or herb, how to identify it and its uses.
Week 2 – Re-wilding
Trees – Learn the name of one local tree, how to identify it in summer and winter and its uses.
Bush-craft – Learn one Bushcraft skill.
Week 3 – Ecology
Animal – Learn the name of one local animal, how to identify it, its habitat and food.
Bird – Learn the name of one local bird, how to identify it, its habitat and food.
Week 4 – Cosmos
Stars – Learn one star constellation and how to find it.
Clouds – learn one cloud formation, what it looks like and what it means for weather prediction.
Each Naturalistic Pantheist should spend at least 30 minutes a week in Nature, meditating, observing and journaling (part of the Path of Earth).
This could be as follows: -
- Breath Meditation
- Sense Meditation – what do we see, hear, feel, smell, taste
- Elements Meditation – focus on the Earth, Air, Water, Fire/Energy
- Quiet Observation – simply sit in non-judgment taking in all that is happening around us.
- Focused Meditation – concentrating on one thing in Nature, observing it in detail.
- Reflecting on our experiences and writing in our journal.
Each journal entry should also include – Date, Time, Location, Weather, Your Feelings/ Moods.
This article first appeared at NaturalPantheist.wordpress.com.
NaturalPantheist: A former Christian, I now see myself as a Naturalistic Pantheist with an interest in Druidry.
My blog is at naturalpantheist.wordpress.com