I had started to think that my Nature Boy days were over. For one thing, I wasn't a boy anymore. And Nature seemed a lot less friendly than it used to, perhaps even malevolent. So why go out at all? Except, that way death lies. A slow death, my body atrophying by degree.
But Nature has begun calling to me anew, as if we weren't through with each other yet. In fact, my spiritual path "on the other side of church land" might be leading me, not just beyond the walls of the church, but right back out into the natural world, which I never should have left in the first place. This is the story of a spiritual journey ... into the wild.
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The Animas Valley Institute: https://www.animas.org
Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth; Sierra Club, 1988
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