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The Depth of Her Ancient Belonging

Catherine Staples

My youngest daughter left her busy big city life behind for a day to join me in exploring a nature preserve, a conservation area, and a small village all in the same County a couple of hours east of Toronto. Just an hour after I picked her up from the train station, in the beautiful morning light, from a sanctuary full of monarch butterflies, herons, and a family of swans - she swam out into the calm ancient glacial waters of Lake Ontario into tranquility and a deep sense of wonder.

"Perhaps Nature senses the longing that is in us, the restlessness that never lets us settle. She takes us into the tranquility of her stillness if we visit her. We slip into her quiet contemplation and inhabit for a while the depth of her ancient belonging."  John O'Donohue, from his book Awakening in the World.


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  • Jane on

    Beautifully insightful. Inspired me to be in awe of my surroundings. This made my day :) thank you!


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