Owning our Health: Encounter with a bear offers fresh view of life, by Anna Bowness-Park

Anna Bowness-Park, a writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, shares her personal experience in this article on our oneness with nature.  She experienced first-hand how love-a universal quality-can defuse fear and danger when she encountered a mother bear and her cubs while hiking.  Anna immediately reached out to God through prayer and what took place was amazing.  See what Anna has discovered, as a result of this encounter, about our spiritual connection to all life!

Encounter with a bear(1)Spring is well on its way here in British Columbia. The lawn mowers are already making themselves heard in our neighbourhood, whilst the blossom trees and daffodils are bursting forth with energy and life. Many of us are planning, or taking, our first hike or camping trip. Nature is waking up!

However, it is not just nature that is awakening. Over the last few decades, we have been waking up to a radically different way of seeing the world. For the last few hundred years, we’ve viewed our natural resources only as something of value because we could “use” them to sustain or enhance our lives. Wildlife was food or sport for hunters and fishermen, vacant lands had value only for developers, and rivers and oceans were useful for food and to transport goods.

But increasingly, views are shifting and there is greater awareness and understanding of the need to preserve and regenerate the resources that provide food, water and fiber for our basic sustenance. We now know that each living creature has an inherent value in the larger scheme of nature, separate from what it might provide to humans. And we are told that being out in nature itself is good for our health.

A milestone in this shift of thinking came in the late 1950s when Rachel Carson published her seminal work Silent Spring. Carson was a thinker whose deep, connected love of nature was the transformative influence in her life. Her premise that all living things were connected seriously challenged the western mechanistic and consumptive culture. And, since then, progress has been made on numerous environmental fronts.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org