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Praying in the bush.

Postby puredingo » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 12:49 pm

You have to admit thing can get quiet spiritual out there. All alone, by yourself...in the middle of nowhere.

Even the most agnostic can't help but wonder?

Does anybody ever feel the need to rejoice and give thanks?
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby eggs » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 12:55 pm

Always
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby slparker » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 2:40 pm

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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby andrewa » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 3:04 pm

This most agnostic one doesn't find himself with any feeling of need to "rejoice and give thanks", other than to enjoy the moment.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby devoswitch » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 3:27 pm

Who are you giving thanks to?
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby devoswitch » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 3:31 pm

Wise words (in my eyes)
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby ribuck » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 6:09 pm

Enjoy the moment, and reflect on how precious it is, but don't spoil it by bringing imaginary beings into it.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby Mechanic-AL » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 7:47 pm

I pray often.......

I pray that I'm not going to sink up to my neck in the next bog hole,
I pray that the rain will stop soon,
I pray that the Tiger snake I,m sitting next to is really asleep,
I pray that I am actually heading in the right direction.... often ,
and I pray that I haven't lost the car keys when I get back to the car.

Jesus means about as much to me as any other comic book hero but I still seem to find plenty of reasons to pray out there !!
"What went ye out into the wilderness to see?
A reed shaken in the wind"?
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby Strider » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 8:22 pm

Always. But not to any deity or higher power.

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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby andrewa » Thu 25 Aug, 2016 9:07 pm

devoswitch wrote:Who are you giving thanks to?


In my case, my wife, for letting me *&^%$#! off into the bush, but I do it silently!
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby newhue » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 5:04 am

the bush is my sanity, my peace, my saviour, so I guess it is my religion. It takes and it gives. It is perfect, it is cruel, but it is never greedy and senseless. I don't pray, just sit and stare in ore. I feel at home, part of, it runs in my blood; but I feel insignificant. I curse, I get infuriated, I cry when I see what humans do to it.
I have some understanding of what it feels like to be indigenous though I am pure white. I am a tree hugger. A minority, with worthless words. Victimised and ignored by a grater religion that I am umbrellaed by, capitalist christian.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby DanShell » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 8:33 am

Religion and politics is always a good way to start arguments in forums :lol:

I was brought up a strict catholic as a child but never practiced religion as an adult. The closest I get to praying is having a chat to loved ones at their grave side :cry:
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby GPSGuided » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 8:55 am

I try to talk to the 'Bush God' when out there, along the line of Mechanic-AL's conversation. But no replies apart from what my mind conjures up during sleep.
Just move it!
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby devoswitch » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 5:14 pm

What does the God in which you speak to ever reply to you GPS?
Refer to the picture I posted above.
Do you ever really get a reply apart from the astonishing beauty that shown before our eyes when we go experience the 'bush' ?
Without realising it I think you're a devout bushtian.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby goanna » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 7:31 pm

On an early trip I was taught the bushwalker's prayer 'Send her down Huey!!!'
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Praying in the bush.

Postby GPSGuided » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 9:09 pm

devoswitch wrote:What does the God in which you speak to ever reply to you GPS?

He kept telling me, 'Leave no trace and 100m from water source... Have a nice day!'
Just move it!
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Postby vagrom » Sat 27 Aug, 2016 11:31 pm

If you're with friends, you can probably chance something deep and meaningful.

If alone then i'm unlikely to feel any more receptive to the moment than I am all through the day's travel.

It's when i'm in deep do-do's that the sense of wonder emerges. The dry mouth and probably something like DABDA : denial (W-tf), anger (wt-F) , bargaining etc Bargaining's probably dependent on your personal system.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby Scottyk » Mon 29 Aug, 2016 8:53 pm

ribuck wrote:Enjoy the moment, and reflect on how precious it is, but don't spoil it by bringing imaginary beings into it.

I'd say this is correct, but if that's your thing then for for it.
In fact if there is anyplace on earth that an atheist like me starts starts to lean towards agnostic thoughts its in the bush.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby kneighbour » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 8:17 am

never. Bit of a weird concept, if you ask me.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby whynotwalk » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 3:21 pm

I don't find your question strange puredingo ... and nor am I surprised by the responses. When tempted to be too certain about any of this, I ponder on these words of Shakespeare.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Hamlet (1.5.167-8)


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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby devoswitch » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 3:55 pm

Lol....heaven. What a concept.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby north-north-west » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 4:11 pm

Only on small invertebrate things that try to bite me.

You did mean 'preying', didn't you?
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby kanangra » Thu 01 Sep, 2016 2:22 pm

As a Christian I believe that God created this whole universe out of nothing. Part of the appeal of bushwalking for me is the opportunity to experience something of the wonder of creation first hand. Giving thanks to God is a natural response to his power and glory as revealed in creation.

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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby GBW » Thu 01 Sep, 2016 2:32 pm

When someone creates life from scratch in a lab I'll be convinced there's no God.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby slparker » Thu 01 Sep, 2016 4:41 pm

GBW wrote:When someone creates life from scratch in a lab I'll be convinced there's no God.


AI is just around the corner so meet your new machine god in 2025.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby Xplora » Thu 01 Sep, 2016 5:05 pm

A fellow was bushwalking one day and fell over a cliff. He clung to a branch suspended way above a canyon and to fall would mean certain death. Faced with his mortality all he could do was pray out loud. 'Help!! Is there anyone there? Please God help me.' A deep voice came from above and said, 'This is God. I heard your call. Just let go and I will look after you. You will be OK.' There was silence for a while and then the man called out. 'Is there anyone else there?'
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby north-north-west » Thu 01 Sep, 2016 6:42 pm

:roll:

I'm with Douglas Adams on this. He once said something along the lines of "isn't it enough to see that the garden is beautiful without having to imagine fairies at the bottom of it?"
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
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Postby Scottyk » Tue 06 Sep, 2016 9:44 pm

north-north-west wrote::roll:

I'm with Douglas Adams on this. He once said something along the lines of "isn't it enough to see that the garden is beautiful without having to imagine fairies at the bottom of it?"

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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby Son of a Beach » Wed 07 Sep, 2016 4:01 pm

north-north-west wrote::roll:

I'm with Douglas Adams on this. He once said something along the lines of "isn't it enough to see that the garden is beautiful without having to imagine fairies at the bottom of it?"


I really like some of Douglas Adams' work, but really, this is one of his dopiest moments. A "garden" literally implies that it was landscaped, planted and deliberately made beautiful by somebody, and that it isn't just a random fluke. Ie, When you see a beautiful garden, it's difficult to imagine that there is no gardener.
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Re: Praying in the bush.

Postby puredingo » Wed 07 Sep, 2016 8:59 pm

devoswitch wrote:Lol....heaven. What a concept.



A popular concept at that. I'm definitely no authority on the subject but I'm struggling to think of a culture which hasn't got some ideology of heaven in their after life beliefs?
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