When I'm outdoors, something profoundly shifts within me; I begin to see and feel how I am connected to each thing and each thing is connected to me. It's not just about me anymore, it's an understanding of me being a part of something, vaster and more magical than I could ever imagine.
Just yesterday, Rich and I went for a hike and I was blown away by the beauty and expansiveness, the sense of the passing of time, I became aware of. I spotted a woodpecker, a lizard, a blue jay. We came across the remains of estates, burnt to the ground, only their stone and brick hearths remaining. I scaled rocks and walked over logs crossing creek banks, gazing at the leaves and muck and tiny fish in the water. I picked nasturtiums and wild sage, saying a silent prayer of thank you to the land.
How can we reconcile our modern, busy, technological lives with the order, beauty, and at times brutality of nature? Many of us are aware of the devastating effects that civilization has had on our environment, but we are at a loss when it comes to releasing some of our creature comforts in an effort to lessen our impact on the environment.
I feel certain that one of the reasons this is so challenging for we humans, is that we so seldom take the time to connect with nature. We see ourselves as the top of the food chain, the master and commander of earth, rather than recognizing that we are one tiny part of the equation. Granted, we are one tiny part of the equation that has the power and potentiality to wreak such havoc as to pollute and nearly destroy the only home we have, this planet.
All of this, brings me back to the breath - inhale, exhale. You can't think about breathing without recognizing the synergy that exists between we human creatures and the plants and trees. Those same plants and trees rely on a delicate balance of weather, micros-organzisms, other plants, insects, birds and other animals to survive and thrive. By taking a fully aware breath, we have to see how dependent we are. There is no hierarchy, no race to the top, but rather there is a circle of life, a web of interconnected existence.
So this week, take part, take pleasure in the natural world. Notice how the darkness has returned just because we all decided to set our clocks forward an hour. Watch how the squirrels run and dart and leap so nimbly from branch to branch. Breathe in the fresh scent of a flower in bloom or the dampness of the morning air.
I'll leave you this morning with this quote from David Suzuki...
"If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us."
Namaste and big love to you and to Mama Earth,