Does anyone else get a near religious sense of peace when working in their garden or being out in nature?

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    Jul 05, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    I know I do, but does it count as religion when you just feel a great sense of peace?
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    Jul 05, 2012 7:32 AM GMT
    Yup, I do.. and yeah, it is like that... lots of religions describe that "peaceful" feeling.. its practically zen
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    Jul 05, 2012 7:40 AM GMT
    What is it with the weird pseudo-spiritual crap on this site lately?
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    Jul 05, 2012 7:43 AM GMT
    It can sure be relaxing/meditative for me, though I wouldn't call it it religious as much as reconnecting with nature.
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    Jul 05, 2012 7:52 AM GMT
    Firebrand saidWhat is it with the weird pseudo-spiritual crap on this site lately?


    Oh, you know you and your hubby tiptoe through the tulips on the weekends!!

    But, no, I don't really get that sense when in nature. I've always wanted to feel it, whether when hiking, vacationing, or whatever but I never do. maybe I'm not focusing correctly or I'm too worried about bugs or snakes or other pests.
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    Jul 05, 2012 8:42 AM GMT
    I have spend the last 12 years landscaping my acre garden by hand, shovel crowbar wheel borrow. Digging into rock and clay. creating wholes six feet deep and some 12 ft round, to fill the with good organic soil. I do this because it is soothing to my soul, and I am reaping the rewards now, as in a paradise I have created, it's like my own personal park.
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    Jul 05, 2012 12:19 PM GMT
    swimguychicago saidI know I do, but does it count as religion when you just feel a great sense of peace?


    I think you're misusing the word "religion". Correct me if I'm wrong, are you meaning "spiritual connectedness" or "enjoying a peace liken to a religious experience/high".
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    Jul 05, 2012 12:31 PM GMT
    Does anyone else get a near religious sense of peace when working in their garden...

    No, I get a sense of being dirty.

    ...or being out in nature?

    Not a religious sense, but a simple feeling of contentment & nostalgia, that this is where I belong, my natural home. Perhaps because my late Father took me for walks in the deep woods when I was just 4, or sent me to a very basic summer camp starting when I was 8, literally living outdoors with few modern amenities.
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    Jul 05, 2012 12:40 PM GMT
    I call it a spiritual sense, cause that is what works for me... I get it when I'm doing any kind of focused hard work. Sometimes I get it in the middle of my gym workout... then the gossip gurls come in and remind me where I'm at. icon_neutral.gificon_neutral.gificon_confused.gif
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    Jul 05, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    Do I get a religious sense? No
    Peace? No. My self-will is way too strong to ever have peace -maybe someday.


    Serenity I get though, and when my serenity increases my acceptance increases (30 day study from March2012-April2012: Pearson's=0.86, p=0.02). My meditation consists of one of two things everyday: walking into town or composing.

    Meditation increases my Faith of which is an action, and Religion and Faith are two entirely different things.




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    Jul 05, 2012 1:43 PM GMT
    I just like creating a beautiful space and order, which gives me peace.
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    Jul 05, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    JackBlair69 saidYes and no. It's a near-death experience, especially in this heat.





    This ^ hahahahaha
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    Jul 05, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    JackBlair69 saidYes and no. It's a near-death experience, especially in this heat.

    +1
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    Jul 05, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    TerraFirma said
    swimguychicago saidI know I do, but does it count as religion when you just feel a great sense of peace?


    I think you're misusing the word "religion". Correct me if I'm wrong, are you meaning "spiritual connectedness" or "enjoying a peace liken to a religious experience/high".
    Yep, the real definition(s) are:

    1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with religion: a religious holiday.
    2. imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly: a religious man.
    3. scrupulously faithful; conscientious: religious care.
    4. pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order.
    5. appropriate to religion or to sacred rites or observances.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/religious
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    Jul 05, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    The sense of peace you're experiencing is the conection with nature or what I like to call creation. You need to replace the word "religion" with spiritual.
    Like so:

    "..does it count as spiritual when you just feel a great sense of peace?"

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    Jul 05, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    This thread reminds me that I want to get some bonsai trees for my place. Thanks!
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    Jul 05, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    yeah it's fantastic, they have deer in the local park here. so cute.
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    Jul 05, 2012 4:06 PM GMT
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    Jul 05, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    Absolutely. I think each person is drawn more to particular elements than others. Mine is definitely water. One of my biggest dreams in life was to get a boat so I could spend more time on the water, and the first time I took it out I could feel my eyes watering up because I had longed for that day so much.
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    Jul 05, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    SportyGuy_1 saidyeah it's fantastic, they have deer in the local park here. so cute.


    Arrgh. Cute but destructive. Kill the bastards.
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    Jul 05, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
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    SportyGuy_1 saidyeah it's fantastic, they have deer in the local park here. so cute.


    Arrgh. Cute but destructive. Kill the bastards.


    lol, only baby deers, they don't run away when people walk up to them either.
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    Jul 05, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    I get a spiritual sense of peace, but not a religious sense of peace.
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    Jul 05, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    No, not at all. I'm spending all of my feelings on worrying about seedlings that are about to die, and keeping the right moisture levels, and trying to find and kill fucking aphids, and spraying powdery mildew and getting creeped out by millipedes and earwigs.

    If all I had to do was deadhead some boring old petunias then maybe.
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    Jul 05, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    i was raised catholic but i've never felt as at-peace as i do when surrounded by nature. standing on the edge of the half dome trail you're struck by the awesome beauty of nature, especially when there are no other hikers around. You can look out over the valley below in a few places and all you hear is a soft grey noise, almost like traffic in the distance and yet...not. If you've never been out of the city before it takes you a while to realize that its the sound of the wind through the trees. You don't hear a horn, or an engine. No human sounds whatsoever. Its only you and the forest.
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    Jul 05, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    I don't know if I would call it a spiritual experience, but I do feel a sense of calm whenever I'm out on a hike or at the beach.
    Man I miss hiking....