The reason I am drawn to nature, to the visual arts, to design, to philosophy, to poetry, to music, to various cultures, is all summed up in one word - beauty. I have learned to appreciate beauty in the everyday and the ordinary, and in the well-crafted and creative. I believe beauty is a gift, something given to sustain us through the harder and more humdrum parts of our lives. It's this sense of 'gifted' that I am seeking to cultivate in my own spiritual practice - in order to be a person of gratitude, in order to grow in my appreciation of all that is beautiful, and to come to a greater appreciation of the one whom I believe to be the ultimate giver - the God and Creator of all.
That doesn't mean that every flower and plant, every piece of music, every painting or drawing, every poem, I encounter only has meaning if I can assign it some 'spiritual value' - learning to appreciate these things for their own sake is also a part of my own learning and growing. It's that I am learning that behind it all - the beauty of the earth, the creativity of human beings, the sights, sounds, scents, textures, and even tastes I encounter - I believe there is an opportunity to see something of the Divine, when I am open to it.