Praying in Nature

What is praying in nature?

Praying in nature deepens our relationship with our Creator, who made the heavens and the earth and called it good (see Genesis chapter 1).  Nature is thus a window through which to see God and a powerful way to connect with Him.  Scriptures proclaim: “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1-4).

How do I do it?

Take a nature walk.

  • Open with a sign of the cross.
  • Ask God to shower you with graces during your time of prayer.
  • Go out into nature (or bring a piece of nature into your home).
  • Slowly walk through nature, being attentive to the sights and sounds around you.  When something stands out to you, stop, examine it, and use your five senses to experience it.
  • Notice what image or feeling pops up for you.  Let prayer flow from your heart.  
  • Sit in silence for awhile.  Wait for God to reveal Godself.  Is God calling you to change any aspect of your life?
  • Continue walking through nature, repeating the process.  
  • When you are ready, close your prayer with a sign of the cross.

Sit still.

  • Find a place to sit outside.  Choose a spot you find particularly beautiful or meaningful, or choose any spot at all.
  • Breathe deeply.  Relax your body.
  • Use your five senses.
    • Notice what you see.  Look around and notice the birds, the horizon, the color of the trees.  What do you see?
    • Close your eyes.  What do you hear?  Are the birds chirping?  Are the trees rustling in the wind?
    • Notice what you smell.  Perhaps it is the plants, or the animals, or the smell of fresh air?
    • Notice what you feel.  Is the grass prickly against your legs?  Do you feel the breeze?  Touch what is around you.  How does it feel?
    • Do you taste anything?
  • Sit in silence for awhile, soaking in God’s presence in nature.
  • Ask God what he wants to reveal to you.  Spend time in quiet listening.
  • Conclude with a sign of the cross.

Get creative.

  • Look closely at one aspect of nature and draw or paint it.
  • Use items from nature to create artwork.
  • Sit in nature and write a song or a poem.
  • Let your imagination guide you, and whatever you decide to do, invite God to bless it and to bless you in the process.

Simply enjoy yourself in nature.

  • Go to the beach, take a hike, climb a mountain.  Enjoy the view.  Enjoying ourselves in nature glorifies God as well.

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