We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
On this Earth Day, it seems appropriate to observe the condition of the planet as a metaphor for our human condition. Or is it the human condition, played out every day in myriad ways, that is the metaphor for the condition of the planet? As I step back and observe these, it appears to be a both/and situation.
The alarm is being sounded, over and over, to warn us that we must make immediate changes to the way we live on this planet if there is to be one at all for our children’s children…or their children. Our lives of excess are catching up rapidly. Whether we consume large amounts of fossil fuels for various reasons, don’t bother to recycle appropriate waste in our communities, or we eat too much, or keep using plastic bags when we shop, or…there are many more; we are taking from rather than seeking ways to give to our planet to keep it healthy.
I wonder how our individual choices mirror, in some way, those we are making in the ways we choose to live on this planet? I feel it is worth a few moments for each of us to pause to consider our own individual health and how it, too, may mirror the condition of our planet. Our choices have consequences. Every choice…every one.
I love trees. They have been an object of my love and respect for many years. Over the weekend I read a message from Tami Simon of Sounds True that mentioned trees and Adyashanti’s perspective on them in his most recent book.
“In his new book, The Most Important Thing, spiritual teacher Adyashanti writes about “enlightened relativity” by exploring the nature of a living tree. He writes about how it is impossible to say that such a tree exists separately from the soil that feeds its roots, or from the sunshine, air, and rain that allow the tree to grow and thrive. It is actually pretty obvious: there is no such thing as a tree apart from the total environment in which it is embedded.”
And so it is with each of us.
We are fragile. The earth is fragile. May we see our own fragility, so that we see how fragile the earth we inhabit truly is.
May we all learn to love, honor and respect the gift of our lives here and now. As we heal ourselves, we contribute to the healing of the planet. May we offer love, honor and respect to the earth by making choices, however small, that contribute to the healing of our environment.
Think globally. Act locally.
It will make a difference.
With gratitude to all of those who work tirelessly every day to care for and nurture back to health, our earthly home.