When we enter the woods, we enter sacred territory. Nature is alive.  Its’ presence is palpable and yet we only glimpse a small part of it’s mystery until we draw closer.  Here, we begin to find meaning and patterns in nature’s relationships and cycles. Here, we find infinite worlds inside the energy of creation.  Here, we are struck by awe and reverence for life itself.

Nature is a mirror for our own soul.  It gives us messages of rightful living and relationship. It shows us qualities of generosity, equanimity, balance, harmony and peace.  It shows us that even destruction bears gifts.

If we dig deep and examine the intricacies of nature’s miracles we begin to realize that we are never alone – that we are constantly supported by billions of living particles of grace and love.

Traveling this sacred path is a new paradigm in the western world and yet it is as old as time itself.

Become united with the beauty you see and receive it unto yourself and then, once again, give yourself back to it.  You are the sun, the moon, the ocean ~

The Sun has entered me.
The Sun has entered me together with the cloud and the river.
I myself have entered the Sun with the cloud and the river.
There has not been a moment when we do not interpenetrate.
But before the Sun entered me, the Sun was in me –
also the cloud and the river.
Before I entered the river, I was already in it.
There has not been a moment when we have not inter-been.
Therefore you know that as long as you continue to breathe,
I continue to be in you.

~Thich Nhat Hanh~


Spiritual mentor Deb Vail will often become ecstatic over her dog, a simple flower, violin music or a southern Appalachian handcraft. Communing with a subtly boisterous forest brings her joy difficult to contain. Deb, the founder of Sacred Living, has created a service for those with serious illness to find comfort, ease and bit of wonderment.