The Mysteries of Nature

I went out into the woods in search of God,
To seek shelter from the storm and find the divine within, 
To lose myself in wonder and awe gazing at the beauty of the trees. 

Like Nature's very own skyscrapers, their grandeur points towards the heavens, 
They diminish one's ego making us feel small in comparison to the vast cosmos. 

Illusive boundaries disappear as I fade into stillness, 
Worries flow seamlessly like the wind, 
Time lies at a standstill. 

As I stand alone in silence, the great mystery of existence emerges, 
It is beyond all logic and rational thought, 
Inexhaustible wonder supersedes the limited finite mind. 

As I gasp for air, the mystery slowly subsides, 
Until I meet it again,   
My next visit to the woods. 

The following poem I wrote is inspired by ideas in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Josef Pieper’s Leisure: The Basis of Culture

Lessons from Nature

You can now listen to this poem in audio format in the link below.

A poem I wrote inspired by the key themes of the Tao Te Ching.


Nature, teach me how to live


To embrace change and

Flow effortlessly like the steady stream


To embody the wisdom of the trees

Who shed their leaves in the fall

Scattering their vibrant colours and

Peculiar shapes across the forest floor


So to can I

Learn to let go

Liberate and regenerate

For refresh and renewal


Nature, you do not judge

Night from day

Calm from storm

Chaos from order

What seems split in two, is all but one


And you do not rush

With time and ease

All that needs to be done is done


Nature, let me learn from you

Let me immerse myself in the vast natural world


For I am you, and you are I

I am you, you-I


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Hope : A Poem

There is a crack in everything , that’s how the light gets in

Leonard Cohen
Beyond the tides of cynicism and depths of despair 
Past the grim ramblings of the evening news 
Therin lies a possibility, an opportunity for hope 

It comes to you like waves passing by 
Like clouds parting, making way for the crisp blue sky

Illusive and temporary, a light shines forth from above 
It arrives in many forms, an invitation, a sign which gently awaits 

Hope - the spontaneous ecstatic laughter of a child 
Hope - the wonder and awe evoked from gazing into the seemingly infinte cosmos 
Hope - the beauty of the morning sun radiating through the blossoming trees in the spring 

Subtle glimpses of transcendance  
Hints of the sublime
Unveiling the divine 
All point towards new paths and emergent possibilities 

As new horizons dawn upon us 
Hope arises 

It is through the gaps, that light shines through 
Light shines through                         



I am going to start recording some of my poetry to accompany the text with audio. Here is the audio version of this poem on Spotify.

A Life of Virtue: Philosophy as a Way of Life | Podcast on Spotify


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