Beyond Environment: Falling Back in Love with Mother Earth

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The Buddhist Monk, Thich Naht Hahn is one of my sources of wisdom. In a recent article in The Guardian he articulates the need, especially at this moment in our evolution, to step out duality into unity consciousness with our relationship to this beautiful blue jewel of a planet that we live on. Earth I Am, Water I Am, Air I Am, Fire I Am. “Change is possible only if there is a recognition that people and planet are ultimately one and the same.“You carry Mother Earth within you,” says Thay. “She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.“In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. In that kind of relationship you have enough love, strength and awakening in order to change your life.“Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.“Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the earth are two separate entities, the Earth is only the environment. You are in the centre and you want to do something for the Earth in order for you to survive. That is a dualistic way of seeing.“So to breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it and realize you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the earth. Not to cut the tree not to pollute the water, that is not enough.” More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/zen-thich-naht-hanh-buddhidm-business-values

I am the Breath that Breaths as You

After starting the day with ease and grace, I fell into overwhelm when I began to reflect on all the tasks that need to be done. Bits of paper to be collected ordered, totalled (yes,  it’s tax time), files to be backed up, photos to be uploaded. Life moved from unity and flow to fragmentation and fluster within one or two breaths.

Then, as so often happens, this video found me, and I returned to my heart, my centre, my breath.

May you connect with the Breath that Breaths as You as you move through your day.

The importance of small acts

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Today is a day of small acts. I’m grounding and settling myself through the domestic routines of  laundry, tidying and sorting. Perhaps it is a daring, political act to value and enjoy these simple tasks. Our culture delights in creating dopamine fueled jolts of excitement, but if I don’t value the everyday, the ordinary, who will? May particles of love and blessings saturate all that I touch today.

The Economics of Happiness

“People and the Planet before Profits” has been a statement that strongly resonated with me. After seeing Helena Norberg-Hodge in the movie the Economics of Happiness I realize that “People and the Planet before Corporate Subsidies” is a much more accurate statement. Helena Norberg-Hodge succinctly outlines the devastating effects of globalization and the “drone economy” on people, the planet, and ultimately our happiness.

Her solution, based on what is emerging around the world, is localization. Connection, community, biodiversity and happiness all increase with localization,

In the small town where I live, there are a delicious number of initiatives happening in our local food economy. Young people are taking up farming, and viable Community Supported Agriculture is developing. Oh how I am looking forward to the beginning of farm gate sales and farmers’ markets. (Right now I am in competition with deer for my garden greens.) Get this: at farmers’ markets we have ten times the number conversations that we have on a trip to the supermarket.

Check out her TEDx Talk – after seeing it, and the movie The Economics of Happiness, I experienced a sense of validation of what I intuitively know and value. Local matters. Connection matters. I matter. You matter.