The world is full of treasures, ancient and new, but it is filling up with garbage thanks to our carelessness and lack of self awareness.
Most everyone has a memory of a special place, somewhere they love to visit or that invokes a wonderful memory. It is these places that we treat with reverence, protecting when we can. And this simple fact is the key to protecting our environment. If we find something to care about, all of us, then we find a reason to fight for the things we are losing.
“With deep devotion, Nature, did I feel,
In that enormous City’s turbulent world
Of men and things, what benefit I owed
To thee, and those domains of rural peace […]”
So, go outdoors and see what you are missing, explore, experience and witness all that is beautiful in our world. Contemplate your role in this world and decide what your responsibility should be for the environment that we live in and depend upon.
“The earth has music for those who listen.”
As well as appreciating nature more, there are quite a few more benefits for you getting outside. Take a look at the list below and start making plans today.
- Unfortunately, you may be unable to spend lots of money in the shopping malls, expensive restaurants and on-line shops
- You will be prone to bouts of getting fitter and healthier
- Your phone may lose reception and someone may start a conversation with you.
- The weight of the world may begin to lift off your shoulders
- Once you are outdoors you may begin to appreciate nature and how fragile it really is
- Unfortunately, boredom might not set in…. for the whole day
- It may become breath easier by avoiding toxic fumes all day
- And you may learn something about yourself, without having to google it!
“Contemplation is the highest expression of our intellectual and spiritual life. It is life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that is alive. It is a spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness and for being.”
– Thomas Merton
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|Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering.||Tara Brach offers a comprehensive of free to download guided meditations on her website: www.tarabrach.com|
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