Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thoughts

Most of the meditations are nature-based. The Earth and her seasons have always been a way for us to measure the passage of Time, to be aware of what we will need in terms of food, clothing and shelter. 

Our emotional lives, too, ebb and flow with the seasons.  We joyously welcome the first breath of Spring,  the warmth of a baking summer, the brisk slap of Autumn and the deep chill of Winter, encouraging us to turn inward.

In our present world, however, we are often too busy to pay attention to the cues of nature and Mother Earth.  We run about in our buildings and in our heads, holding our breath in tension, barely aware of the change of leaf or the first snowfall.

As we distance ourselves from the Mother, we distance ourselves from our bodies, our emotions and life itself.  It is time for us to get back in touch with the Earth and our response to Her.  It may, in fact, be vital for our survival and Hers.

Our world now reminds me of the story of Atlantis. Many wonders have we created, but our own machinations may be what ultimately kills us off.

I have things, like everyone else, but I think maybe I don't really need them.  All we really need is each other , the Earth and a sense of the Sacred.

Taking care of the Earth is not just facile.  We are becoming more conscious of protecting our environment,  thankfully.  We have a long way to go.  When we touch the Earth, she graciously heals us.  I hope we can return the favor and nurture the Earth and all her inhabitants.  All of us will be the better for it.