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Quote of the Day: Thomas S Cowan

March 11th, 2012

The intellectual mind has discovered that sunlight moving through the air at certain angles produces red and orange colors; and that the moon’s light is due to photons bounding off it’s surface. But when we experience the beauty of a sunset, or the magic of a moonlit night, we are not thinking of photons or refractive indices. The poetry of nature speaks, first and foremost, to the human soul.

Thomas S Cowan, MD (The Fourfold Path to Healing)

This past week we’ve been having the most wonderful moon rises. The nights have been fairly clear and the moon has been really bright. This doesn’t happen all the time, just certain times of the year. It’s funny how the moon rises and sets every day, yet there are those days when it makes us stop in our tracks and watch in wonder!

What part of nature do you find speaks most to your soul?

4 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Thomas S Cowan”
  1. KimH on March 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Oh dear.. that is a most impossible question All of nature pulls at my soul..
    One of my earliest memories is from when I was 2 or 3 years old and I was watching ants go along their way in a thick line back & forth. I put my foot or hand in their pathway to see what they’d do & they just went over it. I remember thinking about the Universe, about how the ants were so small & we so big that we couldnt even see the bigger animal (like me) to us as I was to them & that we were perhaps tiny microscopic beings inside a giant living being… which of course, I now know we are indeed..
    It still has the power to speak to me in such a way that I still amazed almost 50 years later.

    Those are great photos.. I too have been watching the moon this past week. Its been magnificent.

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    • Susy on March 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      I too used to LOVE watching the ants – especially the leaf cutter ants we had in Colombia.

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  2. Wanda on March 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Besides all of it, summer breezes that smell like the warm fields they blow over–honeysuckle and wild roses in the early summer and dry grasses mixed with aster and goldenrod in late summer. And the first cold winds that feel and smell like the north country we imagine they first crossed over. And plum blossoms.

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  3. bonnie on March 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Looking west in the evening sky, you can see a conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. (Mars is the orangy one in the east.)
    I have a pair of ancient, heavy binoculars that I bought at a yard sale for $5. My son and I looked at Jupiter through the binoculars and were able to see two of Jupiter’s moons. I was thoroughly impressed.
    (We balanced the binoculars on a bag of split peas on the porch rail to hold the binoculars steady.)

    Lots of nature speaks to my soul. It would be hard to pin it down to one or two things.

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