The Sky and Earth Touched MeWe turn to nature for solace, inspiration, beauty, and mystery. We came from nature, and to nature we return. Yet how well do we truly know Her? Affiliation with nature heals us and satisfies an essential human need. Lakes, meadows, ferns, and butterflies are intrinsic to our well-being and wholeness. The powerful and rejuvenating exercises in this course can help you become immersed in nature’s joyful presence and healing influence.

Who Is This Course For?

This course is for those who don’t want to wait until death to return to nature – who want to drink in her essence and feel in their marrow what it is like to be one with the mountains and waters and all living things. This is not just another course on animal behavior or nature stories: the course gently helps you shed what separates you from nature and shows you how to embrace the soul of nature and let Her soul embrace you.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Textbook (pdf format).
  • Interactive exercises to promote deeper understanding and connection with nature.
  • Feedback and interaction with instructor throughout course.
  • Personal support (via email or telephone).
  • Certificate of Completion.

Topics Include:

  • The Great Teacher and Healer
  • The Heart of Nature
  • Forest Bathing
  • Living in the Present
  • The Vibrant Peace Walk
  • Flowing with Life
  • Watching the Breath Meditation
  • Sharing with Friends
  • Journey to the Heart of Nature
  • Communing with Life
  • Living in Oneness
  • And much more…

More About Course

The Sky and Earth Touched Me Online Course“Imagine yourself gazing at a mountain lake that’s particularly stunning. When you are deeply attentive, everything becomes alive and vibrant. Then, suddenly, worries about the past or future steal your attention away from the present moment. As soon as your mind wanders, your connection with the aliveness and beauty of your surroundings vanishes. To merge with the sea of life, empty the mind of distractions, so that the great sea can race in and fill you.” — Joseph Bharat Cornell from The Sky and Earth Touched Me
The powerful and rejuvenating exercises in this course can help you become immersed in nature’s joyful presence and healing influence. Rather than strolling through the woods, we become the woods. No longer will we have to be content with catching only occasional glimpses of animals – we will find that they are more relaxed around us, more willing to go about their normal lives while we watch. With each exercise, we feel less and less estranged from nature and more as though we’ve renewed an old soul-satisfying relationship. Affiliation with nature heals us and satisfies an essential human need. Lakes, meadows, ferns, and butterflies are intrinsic to our well-being and wholeness.
In this self-paced course you will have unlimited access to the material to complete the three lessons. We encourage you to complete one lesson per week and to dedicate some time every day to your study so that you may get the most from the material. Take full advantage of the interactive forums to share your thoughts and inspiration with other participants, and the course instructor is available to support you throughout your journey.

Course Outline

Reading Assignments:
  • The Great Teacher and Healer
  • The Heart of Nature
  • Forest Bathing
  • Nature and Me
  • The Sky and Earth Touched Me
  • Expanding Circles
  • Living in the Present
  • The Vibrant Peace Walk
  • I am the Mountain
  • The Benevolence of Life
  • All Good Things Come from Stillness
  • Giving to Life
Activities:
  • 9 Interactive Exercises
Reading Assignments:
  • Sharing with Friends
  • Camera
  • Silent Sharing Walk
  • The Trail of Beauty
  • Journey to the Heart of Nature
  • Vertical Poem
  • The Birds of the Air
Audio Assignment:
  • The Birds of the Air
Activities:
  • 7 Interactive Exercises
Reading Assignments:
  • Communing with Life
  • Living in Oneness
Activities:
  • Interactive Exercise
  • Course Overview Questions
After completing required assignments in Lessons 1-3, you will receive your Certificate of Completion.
Course Author
Nayaswami Bharat

Nayaswami Bharat, Course Author for “The Sky and Earth Touched Me”

Nayaswami Bharat is the director of Ananda’s Meditation Support site. He has taught and practiced meditation for over 40 years. Bharat is authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give Kriya Yoga initiation, the most advanced meditation technique brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda. He has lectured internationally for many years, and is the author of the highly acclaimed Sharing Nature Books, which have been published in 20 languages.

Associated Courses

Jacqueline (JLove) Jackson

Jacqueline or JLove, as she is known, arrived at Ananda Village in 2013 to serve in the Karma Yoga program and is now a resident of Ananda Village. She is an Ananda Meditation teacher, Online with Ananda teacher, Sharing Nature teacher for the Expanding Light Retreat Karma Yoga Program, and the Sales and Marketing Director for Crystal Clarity Publishers. JLove is originally from North Carolina, raised in a Southern Baptist family. She now describes herself as a blissful yogi and enjoys sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. She enjoys singing in the Ananda Village Choir; serving with Next Wave at Ananda; and, promoting the Finding Happiness Movie. JLove is an author and founder of Blissful Community, a holistic business directory.

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