I am wondering, what is it about a screen tent that is so perfect for creating sacred space outdoors? It is somewhat sheltered from the sun and rain, and from biting insects. Yet, it is open to the earth beneath our feet, the air moving through the trees, the sounds and sights of creatures all around. So much of my connection to the land at our old home came from sitting outside in the screen tent hour after hour, day after day, paying attention, listening, sometimes lying on a blanket, often praying.
A couple weeks ago I put up a screen tent in our new back yard. This one is green–our old blue one had disintegrated after last summer. We had purchased this one several years ago on our last camping trip to Winslow Park–someone was selling it used at the campground, and since we loved our own so much, we bought it. So glad now that we did. Finally, this morning of the new moon, I came outside to pray and read my journal of this moon. Inside the tent there is a chair and a little milk crate table, and I brought a blanket to sit or lie down upon.
Today I have seen tiny sparrows chattering and feeding in the grass–I think it was a mother teaching her young one, because she gave it some food directly. I saw the shadows of cardinals jumping from branch to branch in the underbrush. The wild turkey came into the yard and rested beneath the pitch pine tree several yards away, and then while I was resting with closed eyes, she walked around, coming within a few feet–maybe checking me out.
I am reminded that I need to come out here more often in order to make a connection to this land which is new to us. And this is my sacred space, this little tent, this beautiful yard. I feel so grateful!